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Happy: Recap of Day 3 of 2014 Call-on Congress

Happy: Recap of Day 3 of 2014 Call-on Congress

It may sound strange that the #1 song on Billboard’s Top 100 this week, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, became the go-to song on our playlist this week at Call-on Congress. But there’s no other way to put it. Crazy, I know. Last night a room full of people who’ve faced the “c” word, some of us multiple times, danced in a conga line to the song – a repeat of what happened a few nights prior. A crowd made up of people who represent loved ones that passed away or caregivers of those physically unable to make the trip celebrated in unison. The reasons to be unhappy were many, yet

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Simply Amazing: Recap of Day 2 of 2014 Call-on Congress

It’s difficult to encapsulate today through a blog post and a few photos we snapped. Today will definitely go down in the Fight Colorectal Cancer history books as one of the greatest days we experienced as an organization. Not only did we participate in events that escalated our cause and confirmed that colorectal cancer is a national priority. We got to share in the moments amongst all of our advocates attending Call-on Congress. Here are a few highlights of the day: ASCO building – we trotted through the snow this morning and entered a jaw-dropping, beautiful meeting space at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) building. Advocates heard from

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Excited Advocates: Recap of Day 1 of 2014 Call-on Congress

It might sound odd to explain the mood of getting over 80 people from all across the country together to talk about colorectal cancer as exciting – but that’s exactly the word that encapsulates the day. At the end of Day 1, there’s a sense among all of us that big things lie ahead over the next 48 hours. And that’s not just because tomorrow some of our team will meet at the White House and speak at a National Press Conference… or that Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. will join us and address our advocates personally. Although those items on tomorrow’s docket are extremely exciting, the overwhelming sense of excitement comes

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5 Ways To Be an Advocate From Home This Week

So a trip to DC wasn’t in the cards for you? No worries – hundreds of colorectal cancer advocates are at home right now. Good news – you can still be an advocate this week! Social media has transformed the way our elected officials hear from us. By doing your part from home, you amplify the message of those meeting face-to-face with members of Congress and their staff this coming Tuesday. Here are 5 things YOU can do to be involved this week: 1. Rev Up Those Social Media Accounts We’re asking you to lend your social media accounts to the cause. That means we need you to get on Facebook,

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Meeting with Legislative Staff Members

by Caitlin Leach As you prepare for your trip to Call-on Congress in Washington, make room in your luggage for your stories, your experiences and your hope for the future. Your perspectives bring legislative issues to life. Anecdotes about colorectal cancer’s impact on you and your community are essential for your representatives in Washington and their staff members to hear. Members of Congress make decisions by weighing the facts and evidence, but also based on the insights their constituents share about how policy impacts their lives. Adding your voice to the conversation is critical to successful advocacy. Meeting with Legislative Staff While you are in Washington next week, many members of

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Rep. Payne, Jr. Addresses House and Thanks Our Advocates

Today Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. stood before his colleagues and encouraged all of us in the colorectal cancer community. With his blue star pin fastened on his lapel, he honored the memory of his father, the late congressman, who passed away from colorectal cancer exactly two years ago today. Rep. Payne, Jr. thanked the President for declaring March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. He thanked his colleagues for co-signing his letter to President Obama asking for the proclamation. And then he thanked you. Our advocates. Watch the video below and be encouraged, advocates. Your work has not gone unnoticed. Rep. Payne, Jr. made sure to speak of it today.

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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

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Seniors and the Screening Loophole

“But doctor, I thought screening for colorectal cancer was covered by Medicare!?” Our seniors are facing policy loophole that lands them with an unexpected bill. In a recent report, Colonoscopy Screening After the Affordable Care Act: Cost Barriers Persist for Medicare Beneficiaries on the colonoscopy copay issue by AARP, there continues to be a debate about what portion of a preventative service a patient should be responsible for. For our seniors, prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare beneficiaries typically incurred some level of cost sharing for health care services they received. For example, they were responsible for Part B premiums, Part B Deductibles, and a 20 percent coinsurance

Our Comments Regarding Tonight’s State of the Union Address

As we approach the annual State of the Union (SOTU) address by the president, we at Fight Colorectal Cancer always see this time of year as the kickoff of our community’s focus on awareness and advocacy. We see the opportunity to influence change at a national level and gear up our army of fighters for a new year. We know there are obstacles and challenges in the political process. Challenges that don’t keep us away – but instead push us to dive in deeper. As we tune in tonight to the SOTU address, we want to encourage our advocates with these thoughts: Colorectal Cancer is a non-partisan issue. Fight Colorectal

Our Request to Obama: A Presidential Proclamation for March 2014

You might remember that in December, Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to issue a presidential proclamation recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Payne and 145 of our members of Congress signed on this letter to show support. This month, colorectal cancer advocates took one more step toward that goal. As a nonprofit dedicated to colon and rectal cancer advocacy, we wrote another letter to President Obama. The letter circulated throughout the colorectal cancer community and many other organizations signed-on in support. Read the letter here. It’s been over 10 years since a president has given his special recognition and recognized March

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