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May 2014 Webinar: Family First – What You Need to Know About Family History & Colorectal Cancer

Have you and your family discussed your family’s medical history? Did you know that 10-15% of all cancers are familial, and 3% of all colorectal cancers are due to a syndrome called Lynch Syndrome? Having Lynch Syndrome puts you at an 80% increased risk of developing colorectal cancer. Tune into this webinar to learn more about Lynch Syndrome and other inherited syndromes as they relate to colorectal cancer. Presented by: Heather Hampel, MS, CGC Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Ms. Hampel has been a cancer genetic counselor since 1995 and is a faculty member in the Division of Human Genetics. Her clinical duties include providing comprehensive cancer genetic consultations to

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Summer Book Club – My Cancer Year

Need a good summer read? Join Fight Colorectal Cancer this summer for a LIVE ONLINE BOOK CLUB. It works just like any other book club, except instead of meeting as a small group, we’ll log online together to discuss the book. Plus, at the end of the summer, you’ll get the chance to see the author through a live-stream event! Join us this summer & connect with others in the fight! ABOUT THE BOOK My Cancer Year by Curtis Pesmen After too many days of chemo/poison pumping thru my veins, my body sends its 1st signal of being pi*#ed off at the assault… (pg 15) Once you’ve been hit by

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Meet the One Million Strong – Linda Kroll from Illinois

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET LINDA Linda Kroll, Survivor Chicago, Illinois LINDA’S STORY My ulcerative colitis had been in remission for years, and I was lulled into a false sense of security. When my (belated) routine colonoscopy found an aggressive tumor in my cecum, 12 inches of my ascending colon were removed two weeks ago, along with all of the cancer. I am blessed and grateful beyond words. I want to pay forward my second chance on life and encourage everyone to book your colonoscopy TODAY!It’s a painless exam that will save your life!

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Fight Colorectal Cancer Applauds Sen. Brown for Introduction of “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening” Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alexandria, Va. – May 12, 2014 – Fight Colorectal Cancer applauds Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for introducing a Senate bill seeking to remove a barrier preventing seniors from being screening for colorectal cancer. “Removing Barriers to Colorectal Screening Act” –a bill similar to the House legislation introduced by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) in 2013. Both bills seek to eliminate the copay charged to those on Medicare when a polyp is found during their screening colonoscopy.   “Thanks to Sen. Brown, we now have an important piece of legislation in the Senate that can remove one of the major barriers to screening among a population that needs screened

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MEET THE ONE MILLION STRONG – RACHEL M FROM FLORIDA

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET RACHEL Rachel McCarrell, survivor Lutz, Florida RACHEL’S STORY I was anemic for a while,always pale,tired, I just thought it was my heavy menstrual cycles. My GYN also confirmed that it was my cycles. I had received a blood transfusion and was getting iron infusions. Eventually I had a CAT Scan that showed a mass in my cecum. I had a colonoscopy which revealed a large mass and had surgery the next day. Pathology showed Stage IIIB Cancer with 4/25 positive lymph nodes. Chemo for 6 months. Cancer free now.  I

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Advocacy Update – May 2014

Advocates, It’s hard to believe that we’re already five months into 2014! As we gear up for summer, things in advocacy are heating up.  In this update, you’ll find out what Fight CRC has been up to on the Hill and what your fellow advocates have been doing at home. For real time updates, be sure to join the advocates at Fight CRC Facebook group! Meet the New Grassroots Action Committee (GAC) This month, we said “see you later!” to a few of our GAC members who reached the end of their terms (read the blog post here). Although we hate to see them retire, we are so excited to have

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Meet the One Million Strong – Eileen A. from California

MEET EILEEN Eileen Algaze, Survivor Monarch Beach, CA EILEEN’S STORY The Irony of Cancer -I am 67 years old and have survived colon cancer four times:  stage 0 in 2001, stage 4 metastasized to the liver in 2008, further metastasized to lymph node on liver in 2012 and now in a cluster of six nodes in the abdomen. After major surgeries with complications, grueling chemotherapy, loss of my hair, my body parts and my marriage, I’m still here. My mother died of breast cancer when I was 10 and my brother Kenneth was eight. I knew Ken was afraid to lose me to the same enemy.  My brother was born

Fight Colorectal Cancer Hires Partnership Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALEXANDRIA, Va. (May 1, 2014) – Fight Colorectal Cancer is excited to announce the addition of Michell Baker to its team. Baker, a long-time advocate and volunteer of the organization, will manage the organization’s partnerships and provide direction and leadership for the nonprofit’s development and fundraising goals. “It’s exciting to see the organization grow,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight Colorectal Cancer. “Michell is the perfect person for this job, she has passion and experience that will strengthen our partnerships across the country and take our colorectal cancer awareness programs into local communities.” Prior to joining Fight Colorectal Cancer, Baker served as the Executive Director of the

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Meet the One Million Strong – Chris Heffelbower

Publicly Sharing My Battle, by Chris Heffelbower Being diagnosed with colon cancer is a lonely and isolating experience…until you find other awesome and fabulous survivors. My first reaction when I learned that I had colon cancer was: “a 37 year-old doesn’t get colon cancer.”  I felt embarrassed that I had a cancer involving my bowels.  There was a brief time when I considered not telling anyone that I had colon cancer or keeping it as private as possible. Instead, I decided to publicly share my battle.  I maintained a Caringbridge site and shared my story with family, friends and neighbors.  It was silly to think that I could keep my

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Emily’s Thank You to our Grassroots Action Committee

by Emily White, Advocacy Manager At Fight Colorectal Cancer, maybe our mantra should be “it takes a village to grow a movement.” We couldn’t do what we do without the support of committed volunteers and advocates across the country. At the core of Fight Colorectal Cancer is our Grassroots Action Committee (GAC). Members of the GAC are a vital part of the planning and execution of every event and program at Fight CRC. In many cases, we refer to them as our “pulse check.” They represent advocates from across the country, they remind us of our core values and their opinions are highly valued. This special group of eight to

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