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Excited Advocates: Recap of Day 1 of 2014 Call-on Congress

Excited Advocates: Recap of Day 1 of 2014 Call-on Congress

It might sound odd to explain the mood of getting over 80 people from all across the country together to talk about colorectal cancer as exciting – but that’s exactly the word that encapsulates the day. At the end of Day 1, there’s a sense among all of us that big things lie ahead over the next 48 hours. And that’s not just because tomorrow some of our team will meet at the White House and speak at a National Press Conference… or that Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. will join us and address our advocates personally. Although those items on tomorrow’s docket are extremely exciting, the overwhelming sense of excitement comes

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5 Ways To Be an Advocate From Home This Week

So a trip to DC wasn’t in the cards for you? No worries – hundreds of colorectal cancer advocates are at home right now. Good news – you can still be an advocate this week! Social media has transformed the way our elected officials hear from us. By doing your part from home, you amplify the message of those meeting face-to-face with members of Congress and their staff this coming Tuesday. Here are 5 things YOU can do to be involved this week: 1. Rev Up Those Social Media Accounts We’re asking you to lend your social media accounts to the cause. That means we need you to get on Facebook,

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Reaching Millions through One Million Strong

Summary:  The New York City kickoff of One Million Strong reached millions as people participated in the event in Grand Central Terminal, logged online and lent their media outlets to ‘march’ for the cause on March 3, 2014. Success in The City: Our event did not disappoint. So many survivors, caregivers and advocates braved the cold and traveled amidst winter weather advisories to join us! THANK YOU to all of you who came out to march with us! The day was absolutely amazing. Here were a few of our high-points: > Grand Central Terminal hosted our event as hundreds came and participated in yoga and zumba, walked-through the Colon Cancer

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Never too Late To Join One Million Strong – Danielle’s Thoughts

I tend to run fashionably late. Meetings, appointments, even conference calls – I struggle to arrive or call-in right on time. This floods into emotional things too – it takes awhile for reality to “sink in” for me. For me to process a moving and emotional experience, and understand what it meant for my life. So – it’s fitting that almost two weeks after our NYC kickoff of One Million Strong – I’m just now able to put to words what the experience meant to me. Or at least try to. I’m still pinching myself that I get to work with the amazing staff and advocates at Fight Colorectal Cancer and

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Meeting with Legislative Staff Members

by Caitlin Leach As you prepare for your trip to Call-on Congress in Washington, make room in your luggage for your stories, your experiences and your hope for the future. Your perspectives bring legislative issues to life. Anecdotes about colorectal cancer’s impact on you and your community are essential for your representatives in Washington and their staff members to hear. Members of Congress make decisions by weighing the facts and evidence, but also based on the insights their constituents share about how policy impacts their lives. Adding your voice to the conversation is critical to successful advocacy. Meeting with Legislative Staff While you are in Washington next week, many members of

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Rep. Payne, Jr. Addresses House and Thanks Our Advocates

Today Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. stood before his colleagues and encouraged all of us in the colorectal cancer community. With his blue star pin fastened on his lapel, he honored the memory of his father, the late congressman, who passed away from colorectal cancer exactly two years ago today. Rep. Payne, Jr. thanked the President for declaring March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. He thanked his colleagues for co-signing his letter to President Obama asking for the proclamation. And then he thanked you. Our advocates. Watch the video below and be encouraged, advocates. Your work has not gone unnoticed. Rep. Payne, Jr. made sure to speak of it today.

New Screening Tool: PillCam COLON

by gastroenterologist and Fight Colorectal Cancer board member Indran Indrakrishnan M.D.  PillCam® COLON  is a new technology to evaluate the colon for polyps. The FDA recently gave clearance for the PillCam® COLON to be used in patients following an incomplete colonoscopy. Read more here. The basic concept of capsule endoscopy has been in practice for nearly 10 years for evaluating the small bowel. The PillCam® COLON relies on a thorough, high-quality bowel preparation for accuracy, just like colonoscopy, and serves as a new screening tool complementary to a colonoscopy. Uses of the New Technology This new technology will be particularly useful for: 1. Patients who are not willing to undergo an invasive procedure 2. The occasional

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BREAKING NEWS: President Issues Proclamation Recognizing March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

  Today, the White House issued a signed proclamation by President Barack Obama recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Read the Official Press Release from the White House In December 2013, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) authored and sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting he issue a presidential proclamation designating March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. One-hundred and forty-six members of Congress signed onto the letter in support of Rep. Payne, Jr.’s efforts to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. It has been over a decade since colorectal cancer has had a presidential proclamation. We thank Congressman Payne for his unwavering leadership and support

Weather Message from Fight Colorectal Cancer – March 3 Event

UPDATE – AS OF MAR. 3 — 6:00AM We celebrate that the weather report has changed and the forecast is looking much milder than originally expected! All activities are ON as planned today! Can’t wait to see everyone! If you’re joining us in NYC, make sure to be on time for each event. We have a packed day ahead of us!   UPDATE – AS OF FEB. 28 — 11:30AM The weather is looking cold (25 degrees) in New York City with likely flurries on Monday. Thank goodness we are inside at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall! Grand Central Terminal historically stays open. The decision to continue, delay or cancel

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