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Finding State Statistics on Colon and Rectal Cancer

Finding State Statistics on Colon and Rectal Cancer

by Andi Dwyer, Director of Health Promotion DATA: IT’S EASIER TO FIND THAN YOU THINK One of our advocates recently called asking for information about the number of cancers diagnosed in her region of Central Illinois. She requested this information so she could write and accurately illustrate to her legislators the burden of colorectal cancer in her local area. Being a data geek, I was thrilled to get this question. But after responding to her, I realized that many people don’t realize how easy it is to access this information and then use it to advocate. Data can seem intimidating and scary. But in truth, accessing trustworthy information, reviewing the data and finding

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The 2015 Call-on Congress Scholarship Fund

In 2013, Fight Colorectal Cancer introduced something new; a Call-on Congress Scholarship Fund. Thanks to survivor and longtime advocate Liz Dennis, five new warriors joined us on the Hill that year. The passion that was shown by our newbies tugged on the hearts of everyone, and the necessity to continue this program was felt by all. With the generosity of two couples, Chad and Sheila Schrack and Eric and Rose Hausmann, funds from their hometown fundraisers were added to the scholarship program. Because of these efforts, in 2014 Fight Colorectal Cancer was able to double our scholarship recipients, and 10 new warriors joined us on the Hill.  “I was accompanied

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Meet the One Million Strong – Sarah H. from Ontario

MEET SARAH Sarah Howe, survivor St. Catharines, Ontario SARAH’S STORY On March 28, 2014 I began experiencing intense stomach pain that I brushed off as “normal” because I had just given birth to my third child two days prior.When the pain persisted, and was still occurring after two weeks, I decided to go to the ER. The doctor said it “might be a kidney infection,” and gave me a prescription for antibiotics. The next day I went back and another doctor said, “You probably just tore muscles from labor.” I fought with the pain for four more weeks before going back to the ER, where a doctor refused to even look

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Advocacy Update – August 2014

Advocates, July was our second-busiest month so far this year. March is hard to beat on the busy scale! With the August recess now upon us, we worked hard both on and off the Hill this July to let elected officials know how important it is that they support our legislative goals. Although everyone takes a break from the Hill in August, things won’t be slowing down for us! GET LOUD, GET LOCAL! THE AUGUST RECESS CHALLENGE We’re challenging our advocates to have 31 congressional meetings in 31 days! Each year in August, your elected officials pack their DC bags and head home to their districts. This is the perfect opportunity

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ADVOCATE SPOTLIGHT: Debra’s Thoughts on ASCO

by Debra Merritt, advocate MY JOURNEY WITH CANCER On November 14, 2008 my journey with cancer began with my husband Cliff’s stage IV colon cancer diagnosis. We had lived an amazing life, married as students in college at the age of 20, and were just four days away from our 30th anniversary and six days away from his 51st birthday. We had two beautiful daughters in college. Cliff began to experience severe abdominal cramps which led to a colonoscopy and to the diagnosis a few days later. As soon as Cliff was diagnosed, he made it his mission to encourage everyone we knew to get a colonoscopy. He made sure that they were informed about the importance

One Voice Against Cancer: Maria’s Perspective

by Maria Williams, advocate I look over my list of meetings on my schedule for the day with OVAC, One Voice Against Cancer, while listening to our morning “pep” talk.  My meetings are set at just the right intervals, no running back and forth between the house and senate sides of the Hill. The names on the schedule are ones I recognize from meetings over that past couple of years, this brings me a sense of comfort and relief, hoping these folks will remember me. I know I will be meeting with legislative staff from previous trips. I’m feeling more confident than I have in the past, this being my

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CREATING A VISION – A CURRENT OF HOPE

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ― Robert F. Kennedy CREATING RIPPLES OF HOPE by Anjee Davis,  President I think about our mission

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Advocacy in July – The March Momentum Continues

by Emily White, Advocacy Manager Our team spent three days last week in the hub of Washington, D.C. and stirred things up a bit!  We were joined by four of our amazing grassroots advocates: Jovannie Lorenzo (NJ), Patti Hollenback (PA), Bunny Terry (NM) and Debra Merritt (LA). Our schedule was so jam-packed with meetings that our staff had to split up in order to be so many places at one time!  Although we spent much of the trip apart, we all came together for one very important meeting on July 16—the 80% screened by 2018 stakeholder meeting that we co-hosted with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).

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Fight Colorectal Cancer Heads to Minnesota for Pitch for Prevention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National March Against Colorectal Cancer Heads to Minnesota Twins’ Target Field for Pitch for Prevention Fight Colorectal Cancer’s coast-to-coast colorectal cancer awareness campaign, One Million Strong, is collaborating with Mayo Clinic and prostate cancer group Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure to raise awareness of ‘below the belt’ cancers at Target Field July 18, 2014 – ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Fight Colorectal Cancer’s (Fight CRC) One Million Strong campaign, a movement creating awareness of colon and rectal cancer, will be in the Twin Cities area July 21-23 as part of the Pitch for Prevention campaign. Fight CRC will join forces with the Mayo Clinic and prostate cancer group

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Meet the One Million Strong – Kimberly B.from Florida

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET KIMBERLY Kimberly Bishop, Survivor Osteen, FL KIMBERLY’S STORY I was diagnosed with stage III rectal cancer in February 2007, at the age of 34. I was young, fit, and perfectly healthy in every other way. I share the same story that is typical of so many young CRC survivors. I was told I had hemorrhoids and IBS and was denied screening for over three years. My doctor finally decided I need to be scoped and my first colonoscopy revealed a 13 centimeter sessile villous adenoma at my recto-sigmoid juncture.

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