Call-on Congress is an annual event where colon and rectal cancer survivors, caregivers and loved ones from all over the U.S. unite to make their voices heard through an advocacy day on the Hill! We host this three-day event each March in the Washington, D.C. area.
Have you been touched by colorectal cancer? Then come – join us on the Hill in 2015. We need you. We’re determined to make colorectal cancer a NATIONAL priority. Our goal is 100 advocates on the Hill in 2015. Would you be one of them?
Sign up today and join us in March – currently signing up under Early Bird registration for 2015 until Dec. 31.
Our 8th-annual Call-on Congress in 2014 was a HUGE success! In 2014:
- More than 80 advocates attended
- 29 states represented
- More than 100 congressional office meetings
That’s quite a bit more than the 37 advocates we kicked off with in 2007! While our numbers are growing and our voice is getting louder on the Hill, our mission has never changed. We’re after a cure for colorectal cancer. Funding for medical research. Improved access to screening and prevention.
Join us in 2015! Register now.
How Does It Work?
Advocacy can be intimidating. That’s why we spend two full days in training before we hit the Hill.
Days 1 & 2 – Advocacy Training
Day 1 involves meeting your mentor (one of our Grassroots Action Committee members), getting to know other advocates and learning the basics about advocacy and Capitol Hill. You also hear from experts from across the U.S. on topics impacting colorectal cancer patients, research & funding.
Day 2 involves learning more from experts, diving into our legislative goals, watching demonstrations on a congressional meeting and practicing meetings. By the end of training, you’ll feel confident about heading to the Hill.
Day 3 – Hill Day
On Day 3, we head to Capitol Hill. Advocates meet with the offices of their members of Congress. There’s strength (and confidence!) in numbers, so advocates attend these meetings in groups, taking turns sharing their stories and asking for support. Later that evening we host a celebration dinner where we get dressed up, let our hair down and put on our dancing shoes!
Travel & Lodging
We’re here to help with travel logistics! Use the info sheets below to know how to navigate airports and transportation, reserve hotel rooms and secure emergency contact information. We line up all the details for getting around Alexandria and Capitol Hill during the conference—with maps and everything!
Don’t miss it! Register now.
Each year Fight CRC awards a handful of advocate scholarships. Full and partial scholarships cover the event registration fee, up to $300 of travel expenses (flight/train ticket/mileage) and a hotel room in Alexandria.
The Call-on Congress 2015 Scholarship Application will open on January 2, 2015 and will close on January 16, 2015. Decisions will be made by the end of January.
*The scholarship does not cover food, ground transportation, baggage fees or travel itinerary change fees.
Interested in sponsoring and supporting? Donate to the fund!
Keeping Costs Down…
One way to cut down on expenses is to have a roommate. If you are interested in sharing a hotel room with another advocate, please email Emily White.
Help us spread the word & get people signed up for Call-on Congress by using these status updates & graphics!
- “Join me! Share your story on the Hill next year & use your voice! Registration for the 2015 Call-on Congress from @Fight Colorectal Cancer is now OPEN! Check it out: http://bit.ly/2015ConC”