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Advocates from all 50 States Work to Turn Nation “Blue” for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Apr. 1, 2014 - ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Advocates from every state in the U.S. raised their voices this year as part of “Blue Star States,” a campaign by Fight Colorectal Cancer and the Colon Cancer Alliance seeking to have every state issue a proclamation designating March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. To-date, 46 states issued proclamations and two others published governor or state-issued letters highlighting the importance of screening and early detection of the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. This was the first time advocates from all 50 states submitted requests. “Advocates from across the U.S. stepped up and made colorectal cancer a national priority this

Fight Colorectal Cancer Appoints Anjee Davis to President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mar. 21, 2014 - ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Amid a room full of advocates wearing blue for the final evening of Call-on Congress, the board of directors of Fight Colorectal Cancer appointed Anjee Davis as president. Davis became Interim Executive Director in October 2013. Since then, she took the One Million Strong awareness campaign coast-to-coast and led advocacy activities including the eighth annual Call-on Congress. As a member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s (NCCRT) steering committee, she worked with leaders in the colorectal cancer community and quickly adopted the “80 percent by 2018” screening goal for the organization – a shared commitment with NCCRT, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS), the

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A TURNING POINT – MICHAEL’S EXPERIENCE AT ONE MILLION STRONG

Every Revolution has a Vision I was up on stage and gazed out at the large space we occupied in NYC at Grand Central Terminal and later at Times Square, where hundreds of people braved the cold and marched to see us ring the closing bell at NASDAQ. I saw people that were listening, experiencing, sharing, learning, crying, smiling and defiant about the number two cancer-related killer of men and women in the U.S. I literally had to pinch myself as I couldn’t believe I was here again, taking an active part in this well-coordinated event to kick off March and raise awareness in the prevention of Colon and Rectal

Fight Colorectal Cancer Thanks President Obama for Presidential Proclamation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mar. 12, 2014 - ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month got off to a great start with a Presidential Proclamation from the White House. On Feb. 28, President Obama issued a statement recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. President Obama’s proclamation is the first in over a decade. President Clinton issued the first proclamation recognizing March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 2000. The last proclamation spotlighting colorectal cancer was in 2003 by President George W. Bush. “It’s been over 10 years since colorectal cancer received this level of support from the White House,” said Anjee Davis, Interim Executive Director of Fight Colorectal Cancer. “We are proud of

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THE JOURNEY – Anjee’s Thoughts about One Million Strong

IT’S ABOUT HOW YOU GET THERE There is a difference between the process and the end product, this is something I’ve had to remind myself throughout my entire life.  I was reminded of this again March 3, 2014. As I looked across Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal, I saw the Colon Cancer Alliance’s inflatable colon, young survivors who are the face of The Colon Club, tables manned by Michael’s Mission, the Colon Cancer Challenge, and David Dubin with AliveAndKickn and his beautiful bride, Robin.  It took us 12 months of planning, calls, and more calls, but it’s how we got here that will galvanize a united front in the

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NYC ONE MILLION STRONG HIGHLIGHTS

Today was certainly one for the books! Our presence at Grand Central Terminal and via social media was incontestable. We rocked it! We had several news outlets cover the event, Craig Campbell and Carmen Marc Valvo attended, and The Today Show interviewed survivors for a segment later this week. To top it off, Carson Daly retweeted us; did we mention that he has 363,000 followers (yes, we said thousand)?  A huge thank you to our AMAZING advocates, partners, sponsors, and volunteers who faced the bitter cold to join us today in NYC – you guys are the best. We’d also like to thank all of our advocates who joined us

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WE STILL DO – MARY KAY AND MIKE MORELLI

MARY KAY He is my life, my love and my rock! Mike and I met in the summer before my senior year in college and have been inseparable ever since.  I went to Penn State and Mike and I had lots of good times there together.  We got married at 25 years old and have been married for 17 years. Mike was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer at age 40 – no history – no signs – healthy…until one day it hit…I have a very large blog about our lives and cancer battle on caring bridge that shares our story – you are welcome to read it for more

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We Still Do – Diana & Scott Welch

MEET DIANA & SCOTT WELCH  DIANA’S PERSPECTIVE They say that life crises can sometimes either make or break a marriage or relationship.  My cancer diagnosis (or better said as our cancer diagnosis) has done just that.  Facing this challenge has made our bond stronger, our love deeper, and our compassion more profound. Scott and I were reunited in December 1999 after I sent him a Christmas card as we lived in different states.  We corresponded back and forth for several months and he made several visits to Upstate New York where I had lived at that time (and we are both originally from).  Although the long distance thing was exciting,

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Meet the One Million Strong – Patricia Christman from Arizona

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET PATRICIA Patricia Christman, Survivor From Glendale, AZ PATRICIA’S STORY In April 2012 I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  I had surgery on May 7th, 2012 and found that it was in my lymph nodes so I started my journey with chemo and radiation eight weeks later.  I have wonderful doctors and the treatment teams were loving and caring…a real family.  I am also blessed with the most wonderful family who were with me every step of the way.  I am very happy to say my last PET Scan has

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Meet the One Million Strong – Lindsey Motley from South Carolina

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET LINDSEY Lindsey Motley, Survivor Greenville, SC LINDSEY’S STORY In April 2013, I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer at 26 years old, while also 17 weeks pregnant with our first child, a girl! I was having bleeding issues from constipation due to prenatal vitamins and pregnancy, which were investigated by colonoscopy. I had a colon resection one week after my diagnosis. I began chemotherapy bi weekly (FOLFOX and 5FU) at 24 weeks pregnant, and completed 12 rounds. Our daughter, Lilla, was born at 37 weeks between rounds 7

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