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Advocacy in July – The March Momentum Continues

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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Advocate Spotlight: Suzan’s Thoughts On ASCO

by Fight CRC advocate Suzan Mayberry ASCO – WHAT AN EXPERIENCE What a privilege to attend the 2014 ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) conference at McCormick Place in the windy city of Chicago. This conference was every bit of exciting as my first day of university. People from all over the world were there, and McCormick Place was so huge. Some of the sessions held more people than any class at university. The crowd was filled primarily with doctors and oncologists, but some were not, like me. I am an advocate for Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC). As an advocate, Fight CRC encourages me to continuously expose myself to the

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Fight CRC Patient Resource Group – Launch

FINDING RESOURCES Colorectal cancer resources shouldn’t be hard to find. Fight Colorectal Cancer knows that many patients, caregivers and survivors find themselves asking the same questions:  Where can I find reliable and trusted information about my diagnosis and treatment plan?  How do I stay up-to-date on the latest colorectal cancer news?  Is there one place where I can find colorectal cancer resources? The answer to these frequently asked questions is Fight Colorectal Cancer’s new Patient Resource Facebook group. Fight CRC will guide patients and their families through screening, diagnosis, treatments, side effects and more with reliable and vetted educational information. We will empower you with the latest medical news and the

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Meet the One Million Strong – Ed M. from Ohio

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET ED Ed Murphy, CaregiverMilford, Ohio ED’S STORY My wife, Arlene, was diagnosed with colon cancer in September, 2004 while trying to find the source of her recently diagnosed anemia. During the surgery to remove the tumor and resect the colon, lymph nodes were checked and it was determined to be stage III colon cancer. Arlene started chemo in early November and by late December there had been a metastasis to her ovaries. After ovarian surgery we were now looking at stage IV colon cancer.  We decided to go for

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Cancer Prevention: Skinnier, Wealthier & Healthier

by Andi Dwyer, Director of Health Promotion  A few weeks ago at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, prevention was a hot topic! The news of prevention and exploring opportunities for early detection was extremely interesting. Before the next ASCO meeting, I have high hopes that we all can identify ways to bring early detection and prevention, for not just us, but others as well.  My contribution – I need to lose some weight! Skinnier & Wealthier Speakers and presenters at the ASCO meeting noted that the impact of obesity on cancer is an initiative and priority. It is estimated that one-third of all adults and 17 percent of children are

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Advocacy Update – July 2014

Advocates, we hope that your summer is more relaxing than ours has been so far! Between Sen. Brown’s introduction of the H.R. 1070 Senate component bill, S.2348, and meetings both on and off the Hill, we’ve been keeping busy! Read this month’s update to find out the latest in advocacy at Fight Colorectal Cancer and join the Advocates at Fight Colorectal Cancer Facebook group to connect with others. ADVOCATE SPOTLIGHT: KELLY KUSTER Kelly Kuster of Milwaukee, Wis. is best known in the colorectal cancer community as the June 2013 Colondar Model, but her involvement doesn’t stop there! On June 25, Kelly represented Fight Colorectal Cancer as a patient advocate and stage

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Meet the One Million Strong – Ruth R. from North Carolina

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET RUTH Ruth Roberts , Survivor Thomasville. NC RUTH’S STORY On December 2, I had a colonoscopy, then on December 12, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The doctor decided to take action right away and on December 17, I had a foot of my colon removed and I am still going through recovery. Cancer is a life changing event for family, friends and loved ones. Stay strong, be positive and most of all, don’t take life to serious and enjoy what makes you happiest. For me, my happy places are the beach

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For the Love of Coffee… and Mom

Felicia Parker’s love for coffee started at a young age, too young to know that her love for coffee would one day help make a difference. Like the majority of our nation, Felicia was an avid Starbucks coffee drinker until one day while at work, she noticed from her office window how many times the door swung open and closed at the Starbucks across the street. She soon realized the opportunity in coffee – the #2 trading commodity on Wall Street and one of the most consumed beverages on the market. In 2012, she started her coffee company, an elite coffee company specializing in single-cup coffee and quality products. When her business established a

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