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2014 Award Winners

2014 Award Winners

Each March at Call-on Congress, Fight Colorectal Cancer recognizes individuals who exemplify what our organization is all about. These people are not only advocates – they’re champions. Each of them offers their experience and passion to further the cause. This year’s 2014 Award Winners set the bar high. Advocate of the Year – Gordon Cole A survivor of stage IV colorectal cancer since 2003, Gordon Cole is an inspiration. As a hands-on patient, he’s actively monitored his own treatment (which consists of multiple surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy and several clinical trials.) As an advocate, he’s pushed for better policy and research funding. His constant voice has helped us raise colorectal cancer

Fight Colorectal Cancer Hires Policy Strategist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Apr. 4, 2014 - ALEXANDRIA, Va. – This month, Fight Colorectal Cancer, a leading advocacy group focusing on colorectal cancer policy, added Margaret Carvin, an experienced lobbyist, former Hill staffer and cancer survivor to its team as Policy Strategist. Carvin will lead the nonprofit’s advocacy initiatives both internally and on the Hill. Carvin will work with congressional offices to push for colorectal policy changes and lead the advocate training program so survivor voices can be heard on the Hill. “I am honored to be a new member of the Fight Colorectal Cancer team,” said Carvin. “I am excited to work on policy initiatives that will benefit this important cause and I

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

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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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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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

Five Colorectal Cancer Survivors To Attend 2014 Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 8, 2014 - ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Five research advocates from Fight Colorectal Cancer will attend the 2014 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco, Calif. Jan. 15-18. All colon or rectal cancer survivors, the attendees will learn the latest research about treating GI cancers, including colorectal cancer, and offer a patient’s perspective to scientists and physicians attending the meeting. The attendees will also tour the campuses of pharma/biotech companies to see the latest drug developments firsthand. “Having a patient voice at meetings like the GI Cancer Symposium helps to bridge the gap between the physician, the researcher and the patient,” said Kim Ryan, Director of Patient Information Services at Fight Colorectal

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BREAKING NEWS: Founder Nancy Roach matching all year-end gifts

Great news — we just received a challenge grant that will double the impact of all year-end gifts! We applaud our board chair, Nancy Roach, for committing a dollar-for-dollar match for every gift received from our donors. For every $25 donated between now and the end of the year, the number of screening kits that will go to Americans in need DOUBLES. Our partner, Quest Diagnostics, is providing up to 1,000 free colorectal cancer screening tests. Colorectal cancer is preventable with regular and timely screenings, but one out of three people has never been screened. These screening tests can be lifesavers, and your support will make this possible! As a

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