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July 16 Stakeholder Meeting and Lobby Day in D.C.

HELP US REACH THE NATIONAL SCREENING GOAL OF 80% OF AMERICANS 50 & OLDER SCREENED BY 2018! On July 16, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network and Fight Colorectal Cancer are co-hosting a stakeholder meeting and lobby day to push forward with this goal. This is the first opportunity for key colorectal cancer organizations and supporters to join together and bring their staff, volunteers and members to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congress to advocate for federal policies that will help us achieve our goal of 80% by 2018. Joined by Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. and other lawmakers dedicated to the mission, a morning meeting will focus on discussing the

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Meet the One Million Strong – Tina Seymour from Mississippi

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET TINA Tina Seymour, Survivor Ocean Springs, MS TINA’S STORY I was diagnosed with colon cancer on July 2, 2008. That statement alone would make many pause, and wonder how or why the 2008 Fourth of July holiday even showed up on my radar screen, considering the new focus my life had found.And, to be honest, on Wednesday, July 2nd, when my husband, Bryan, and I were consulting with surgeons on how to remove the tumors from my body, nor on Thursday, July 3rd, when my family arrived en masse to provide

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Delays in VA Affect Colon and Rectal Cancer Patients

by Emily White, Advocacy Manager THE ISSUE - THE VA SCANDAL In May 2014, watchdog media released information regarding extreme negligence within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The scandal broke national headlines after information regarding secret lists and delayed care within Arizona’s VA system was released. An article published by NBC on May 9 stated, “Hospital whistleblowers have said that administrators at the Phoenix facility, trying to improve their performance record, ordered that thousands of appointment requests be diverted to a secret, unofficial list of veterans awaiting appointments. If the patients died, their names would simply disappear, the whistleblower said.”[1] Read the NBC article DELAYS IN VA GO FAR BEYOND ARIZONA

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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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Craig Campbell Becomes First National Spokesman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fight Colorectal Cancer Announces Country Music Singer Craig Campbell As National Spokesman Alexandria, Va. – June 30, 2014 – Fight Colorectal Cancer is excited to announce that Craig Campbell, country music artist and singer of the hit song ‘Keep them Kisses Comin,’ is the organization’s first national spokesman. As a repre­sentative for the organization, Campbell will share his personal connection to the cause, advocate for screening and direct individuals to Fight Colorectal Cancer for information and support. “We couldn’t ask for a better spokesman to represent our organization,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight Colorectal Cancer. “When we asked him to join the fight his response was,

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Horseshoes – Americana at its best

by Michael Sola, Executive Vice President of Fight Colorectal Cancer What do you think of when you hear the word:  horseshoes? Do you think about picnics? Family outings? Westerns? Horses? Do you think of Greeks? It’s interesting to note that the game of horseshoes can trace its origins back to the Grecian armies. They couldn’t afford discus for tossing so they entertained themselves by using discarded horseshoes with a stake in the ground. And so it began – the game of horseshoes and later, tournaments. Now when Eric and Rose Hausmann were looking at awareness and fundraising events that could engage a few hundred of their friends this year,  it didn’t take

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Lifelong Twins Fan Eric Powell’s First Pitch… for Prevention

by Eric Powell, advocate with Fight Colorectal Cancer When I arrived in D.C. for Call-on Congress in March, other advocates started telling me about a TWINS event taking place in July with Fight Colorectal Cancer. My ears perked up when I heard “Twins” and immediately I said “Sign me up!” I’m a HUGE fan. Growing up with the Twins Long before I had cancer I was a sports fan and I loved going to baseball games with my dad or with other family and friends. I remember going to my first Twins game when they played at Metropolitan Stadium which is now the Mall of America site. In the early 80′s,

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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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