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Blue Star States – We’re Making Progress!

Blue Star States – We’re Making Progress!

This month we kicked off a new campaign – Blue Star States. In partnership with The Colon Cancer Alliance, we’re encouraging grassroots advocates to get ALL 50 STATES to issue proclamations that declare March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. President Clinton issued the first Presidential proclamation in 2000 and now each year, advocates can request that national, state and city officials issue similar statements. If all 50 states become Blue Star States, policy makers across the nation will see that colorectal cancer is a national priority. Your governor should be excited to support a cause that requires nothing more than his or her signature. The proclamation will gain attention

Lisa Fund Grant: Now Accepting Applications

Postdoctoral or clinical research fellows planning to do translational or clinical research that focuses on novel THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES for late-stage metastatic colorectal cancer may now apply for The Fight Colorectal Cancer-AACR research grant. This grant is distributed through Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Lisa Fund. Our Lisa Fund was designed by Lisa Dubow, a late-stage colorectal cancer survivor who credited her many years of survival to clinical research. She established the fund to support researchers looking for a cure and new treatment options. This grant specifically supports research focused on uncovering new therapeutics that can be individualized for patients. Ideally, findings from the grant-funded project will play out into the clinical setting within a few

Fight Colorectal Cancer Launches New Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fight Colorectal Cancer is proud to announce the launch of a new website at http://www.FightColorectalCancer.org.  The website uses a variety of videos, downloads, blogs posts and content pages to provide patients with medically-reviewed information regarding colon and rectal cancer and tools for advocacy. The website offers patient-friendly information to all who partner with organization including cancer survivors, caregivers, medical professionals, donors and policy makers. The site features: ·         Up-to-date facts, statistics and education about colorectal cancer ·         Information and resources for newly diagnosed cancer patients ·         Blogs highlighting the latest on colorectal cancer research and

President Carlea Bauman to Leave Fight Colorectal Cancer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sep. 23, 2013 - ALEXANDRIA, Va. – President Carlea Bauman announced Monday that she will be leaving Fight Colorectal Cancer. She will be joining The Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education as its first executive director. Current Vice President of Programs, Anjee Davis, will serve as interim executive director as the board of directors considers future leadership needs. “Carlea turned Fight Colorectal Cancer into an advocacy powerhouse,” said Nancy Roach, founder and chair of the board. “Our policy work and grassroots energy have directly impacted access to screening and research funding. I’ll miss Carlea and wish her the very best in her future.” Bauman joined Fight Colorectal Cancer (formerly C3 – Colorectal

Thank You For Seven Great Years

Seven years. That’s how long I’ve been at the helm of Fight Colorectal Cancer as its president. My experience with cancer seven years ago was limited to my father’s very brief and devastating fight with lung cancer and myelodysplatic syndrome. But since then, I’ve testified before Congress and the Food and Drug Administration, traveled to Europe to meet with international cancer activists, rang the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange and the Opening and Closing Bells at NASDAQ, railed against Dr. Oz, led Fight Colorectal Cancer through a rebranding, met some amazing advocates, and lost some dear friends, board members (one of whom was a tremendous mentor to

Fight Colorectal Cancer Offers Input on Virtual Colonoscopy to FDA

On Monday, Fight Colorectal Cancer’s director of patient information services, Kim Ryan, attended a discussion panel hosted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) focusing on Gastroenterology/Urology and Radiological Devices on Computed Tomography Colonography (CTC). The 26-member panel discussed the risks and benefits of computed tomography colonography (virtual colonoscopy) for patients not experiencing any signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer. The panel discussed questions such as: The potential benefits of CTC for screening  Safety issues related to the use of CTC The role of CTC as one option for screening patients displaying no symptoms of CRC As an organization, we voiced our opinions through formal comments sent before the panel discussion, and submitted verbal comments at

Oregon Advocates Meet at White House

Yesterday two of our long-time colorectal cancer advocates, LaRisha and Michell Baker, along with president Carlea Bauman and policy expert Camille Bonta, met with Tricia Schmitt at the White House. Ms. Schmitt met with our advocates to discuss funding for colorectal cancer programs at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.)   Our team, joined by two gastroenterologists, met at the White House to talk about the importance of maintaining the funding for lifesaving programs like the CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP)  currently in 26 states and four tribes. As co-chairs of the cancer control committee in Oregon, the Baker sisters gave first-hand stories and statistics about the importance funding of CDC in Oregon. The

Fight Colorectal Cancer contributes to Journal of Clinical Oncology

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 16, 2013 - ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Fight Colorecal Cancer’s Kim Ryan, director of patient information services, is one of the co-authors in an upcoming manuscript to be published in the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s Journal of Clinical Oncology. Ryan offers a patient perspective to the article that provides much-needed insights into the recommended evaluations and intervals for the routine surveillance of colorectal cancer survivors. “A patient’s shift from treatment to survivorship care is an important transition,” said Ryan. “Knowing there are established guidelines for their follow-up care is paramount. These guidelines will help patients make that transition with confidence.” Ryan is one of ten authors who contributed to the

You’ve Got Mail – Get Screened for Colon Cancer!

Earlier this week, the Journal of the American Medicine Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine reported that according to a Texas study, mailings encouraging colorectal cancer (CRC) screening proved to be effective among underserved patients. Dr. Samir Gupta of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center served as the investigator. Polymedco, producer of the FIT test collaborated on the study. The study targeted uninsured patients ages 54-64 years old who were not up-to-date with CRC screening and enrolled in a program for those with limited or no access to health care. Two separate mailings, as well as a follow-up reminder phone call, offered patients one of the following: #1 -  A FIT test (fecal immunochemical

The Beauty Industry is Cutting Out Colon Cancer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 7, 2013 - ALEXANDRIA, Va. – National non-profit Fight Colorectal Cancer is teaming up with the Profile Barber Institute to raise awareness of colorectal cancer at the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta, GA from Aug 17-19. The exhibit will incorporate colorectal cancer awareness activities into the hair institute’s promotions. Rodrick Samuels, owner of Profile Barber Institute, sees the partnership as an opportunity to merge two of his passions:  the professional beauty industry and cancer awareness. “My mother passed away from lung cancer and I have since become an advocate in her memory,” said Samuels. “I use my platform in the community to promote health and to spread the

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