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ABC's "Shark Tank" to Feature Colon Cancer Alliance Advocate and Survivor J. Jones

DENVER, April 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- J. Jones, Jones Scones founder and colon cancer survivor, will pitch Jones Scones on ABC's hit reality show Shark Tank on April 19th at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The episode's airing will coincide with the launch of the Jones Scones Colon Cancer Campaign, an exciting new campaign between Jones and the Colon Cancer Alliance, in honor of National Cancer Control Month.

Jones describes the partnership, saying "President Barack Obama recently issued a proclamation declaring April as National Cancer Control Month. As a survivor, I know how critical cancer screening and prevention are to fighting this disease. But we have to get the message out – that's why I'm partnering with the Colon Cancer Alliance and supporting their mission for colon cancer awareness and prevention."

The former lawyer and now self-proclaimed "Scone Slinger," will make his pitch to convince a panel of five tough, self-made, multi-millionaire/billionaire "Sharks" to part with their own hard-earned cash and give him the necessary investment funds needed to jumpstart his business concept.

The concept is, of course, scones. But to Jones, it isn't just about baking a masterpiece. As he puts it, "When you enjoy Jones Scones, you're getting a piece of my dream and my heart."

In 2012, Jones was diagnosed with colon cancer. The experience provided a life-changing moment of clarity and encouraged him to pursue what mattered most. The result has been the wildly popular Jones Scones.

Jones has refused to let cancer slow him down. Even though he'd just been diagnosed with cancer when he had the opportunity to appear on Shark Tank, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to be on the show, pitch Jones Scones and raise awareness.

"I had surgery exactly five weeks before we taped and started chemo two days later. I couldn't be more grateful for the chance to be on ABC, meet the Sharks, and tell the world about Jones Scones," Jones, who is now cancer-free, says. "The show is likely to bring more people than we've ever had to our website. With all those people, I thought we might be able to do some good for the Colon Cancer Alliance."

The Jones Scones Colon Cancer Campaign starts on April 19th and aims to raise at least $10,000 for the nation's oldest and largest colon cancer organization.

"We're very excited about this new campaign and can't wait to see how the show turns out," said Jasmine Greenamyer, Colon Cancer Alliance Interim CEO. "But most importantly, we're thrilled that Jones will be able to use this opportunity to spread the word that colon cancer screening saves lives while also raising awareness and support to fight this disease."

You can see Jones on Shark Tank on April 19th by checking your local listings.
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About Jones Scones™

Jones Scones were created because J. Jones grew tired of scones that tasted like compressed sand. After living in London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland, he returned to the United States with a longing for scones that no one could seem to satisfy. Out of sheer desperation, he created the scones he desired. He made them, above all, MOIST, more cakey than flaky, and laden with cranberries, blueberries, or chocolate nestled inside golden pastry.

Jones Scones started after the scones were a hit with J.'s friends and coffee shops in Denver, CO. The plan was, and remains, to spread the word about scones to the uninitiated and scone-scarred: those people who have suffered through a dry lump of baked dough masquerading as a scone.
Jones Scones are available at select Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottages and other natural food retailers throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.

About the Colon Cancer Alliance

The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is a community that provides hope and support to patients and their families, while saving lives through screening, access, awareness, advocacy and research. To learn more about colon cancer, screening or more ways you can reduce your risk, visit www.ccalliance.org or call our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030.

CONTACT: For Jones Scones: J. Jones - (303) 513-0080 spreadthelove@jonesscones.com Stephanie Jones - (720) 364-7703 spreadthelove@jonesscones.com For Colon Cancer Alliance: Becky Kerner - (202) 628-0123 ext. 131 rkerner@ccalliance.orgSource:Colon Cancer Alliance