Advocacy is the act or process of supporting a cause. We can’t accomplish our mission without the support of advocates. If you want to help, we need you to get loud. Let’s make a difference and change the world together!
Are you ready to share your story and raise awareness to change policy? That’s what our advocacy program is all about! All year long you can find Fight CRC advocates working in coalitions and with policymakers and regulatory agencies. We do this to build strong relationships with leaders and ensure the patient voice is at the center of important policy decisions.
We host several campaigns each year that engage political advocates. Call-on Congress is our annual event each March in Washington, D.C. We also launch Blue Star States, a campaign working to get each state to issue a proclamation for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The August Recess Challenge encourages advocates to get involved in policy and meet with members of Congress while they’re at home.
We need to get involved in the science if we want to see better treatment options and ultimately, a cure. Patient-centered research is important! To make sure researchers are aware of the patient perspective, we formed our Research Advocacy Training and Support (RATS) program.
In today’s research culture, many scientists need research advocates as part of the research process from beginning to end.
That means in addition to receiving the drugs through clinical trials and approved therapies, researchers need advocates to participate in the research proposal process. Research advocates review grants, offer insights and feedback on proposals, and influence the way doctors undergo research. We start with training research advocates and then when they’re ready, plug them in.