Since President Clinton issued the first Presidential Proclamation recognizing March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month a decade ago, each year in March advocates request that their state and city officials issue proclamations acknowledging March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. We want to see that effort expanded, and turn the entire country blue!
Scroll down to see if your state issued a proclamation in 2013!
Download our simple checklist to make sure you have everything you need to turn your state blue for March.
Use this template to send your request to your governor.
Help speed the proclamation process along by providing some sample language. Send this sample proclamation with your request to your state and local representatives.
The American Cancer Society’s “Cancer Facts and Figures 2012″ has good state specific information, starting on page 5.
Get Your Friends and Family Involved
Send the link to this page to your friends and family in other states. Help us turn the whole country blue for March!
Tips for Leveraging Your Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Proclamation
1. Let the Governor’s office know how you intend to use the proclamation. For example, let them know that recognition of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a way to raise awareness about the need for early detection and screening. Give them examples of the types of outreach you plan to do in the community to highlight the proclamation, such as media coverage of the proclamation or a community outreach event. Be sure to let the Governor’s office know of any events which occur as a result of the proclamation.
2. Ask the Governor’s office if they will issue a press release to the media and also on their official website.
3. Issue your own press release mentioning proclamation and/or signing ceremony where appropriate.
4. Submit a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and mention that the governor declared March as Colorectal Awareness Month.
5. Use social media to spread the word that you helped get March declared Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month for your state. Post it on Facebook, Twitter and your blog if you have one. Don’t be shy or modest!
Ready to get started?
E-mail us at advocacy@FightColorectalCancer.org and let us know where you will be requesting a proclamation. We can help you if you need it.
2013 State Proclamations
- Alabama – Thanks to Josh Wimberly
- Arizona – Thanks to Anne Bergersen
- Colorado – Thanks to Kristin Keesen
- Connecticut – Thanks to Tara Smith
- Georgia – Thanks to Matt Early of the Medical Associates of Northern Georgia
- Illinois – Thanks to Joanne Karabetsos
- Indiana – Thanks to Krista Waller
- Minnesota – Thanks to Debbie Cieluch
- Missouri – Thanks to Julie Garrabrant
- New Jersey – Thanks to Michele Battista
- North Carolina - Thanks to John Lloyd
- North Dakota – Thanks to John Rheault
- Ohio – Thanks to Anonymous and Ed Murphy
- Oregon – Thanks to Michell Baker & the Steve Baker Colorectal Cancer Alliance
- Pennsylvania – Thanks to Patti Hollenbeck
- South Carolina – Thanks to Stephanie Schmidt
- Texas – Thanks to Suzanne Lindley
- Virginia – Thanks to Cindy Robinson
- West Virginia – Thanks to Pam Seijo
2013 City Proclamations
- Cincinnati, OH – Thanks to Ed Murphy
2012 State Proclamations
- Alabama – Thanks to advocate Lisa Borden!
- Arizona – Thanks to advocate Liz Dennis!
- Georgia – Thanks to advocate Lesa Fontaine (seen here with Gov. Nathan Deal)
- Idaho – Thanks to advocate Frank Luzzo!
- Illinois - Thanks to advocate Jennifer Olson
- Iowa – Thanks to advocate Jeanna Jones!
- Massachusetts - Thanks to advocates Amy Robert and Evelyn Reyes!
- Minnesota - Thanks to advocate Kathryn Finn-Blume!
- Missouri - Thanks to advocate Ginny Goddard!
- New Jersey - Thanks to advocate David Dubin!
- North Carolina – Thanks to advocate John Lloyd!
- Ohio – Thanks to advocate Rene Elefteriou!
- Pennsylvania – Thanks to advocate Patti Hollenback!
- South Carolina - Thanks to advocate Jo-Ellen DeLuca!
- Texas - Thanks to advocate Brienne Fisher!
- Virginia - Thanks to advocate Cindy Robinson!
- West Virginia - Thanks to advocate Pam Seijo!