Our Request to Obama: A Presidential Proclamation for March 2014

You might remember that in December, Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to issue a presidential proclamation recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Payne and 145 of our members of Congress signed on this letter to show support.

This month, colorectal cancer advocates took one more step toward that goal. As a nonprofit dedicated to colon and rectal cancer advocacy, we wrote another letter to President Obama. The letter circulated throughout the colorectal cancer community and many other organizations signed-on in support. Read the letter here.

It’s been over 10 years since a president has given his special recognition and recognized March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. We are hopeful that with the House of Representative’s support, our letter to the president and the large amount of states becoming Blue Star States – we will attract attention and gain presidential support of our worthy cause!

Thank you to the following groups for supporting our letter:

  • AliveAndKickn
  • Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
  • American Cancer Society, Inc.
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American College of Radiology
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Cancer Coalition of South Georgia
  • C-Change
  • The Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer
  • Colon Cancer Alliance
  • Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation
  • Colon Cancer Prevention Project
  • Colon Cancer Solutions of the Carolinas
  • Colon Cancer STARS of Washington State
  • The Colon Club
  • Digestive Diseases National Coalition
  • Fight Colorectal Cancer
  • International Screening Committee of the World Endoscopy Organization
  • Massachusetts Gastroenterological Association
  • National Association of Community Health Centers
  • National Society of Genetic Counselors
  • New York City’s City-wide Colon Cancer Control Coalition (C5)
  • North Carolina Society of Gastroenterology
  • Ohio Gastroenterology Society
  • Oncology Nursing Society
  • Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology
  • Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • Preventing Colorectal Cancer
  • Society for Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
  • United Ostomy Association of America
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Ann Favreau, Colorectal Cancer Survivor
  • Joanne K. Gersten, RN, MS, Program Director, Colorectal Cancer Screening Program, Dartmouth-Hithcock
  • Beth McFarland, MD, Radiologist
  • Dale L. Mintz, MPA, CHES, President, Dale Mintz and Associates
  • Michael B. Potter, MD, Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • Paul C. Schroy III, MD, MPH, Boston University School of Medicine
  • March Seabrook, MD, FACG, Gastroenterologist, Past President, South Carolina Gastroenterology Association
  • Jay Silver, Retired Executive Director, Intercultural Cancer Council
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