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Update: Six States are now Blue Star States

It’s been an awesome month in colorectal cancer advocacy! Thanks to the colorectal cancer community, and especially The Colon Cancer Alliance, our Blue Star States campaign kicked off with great success in its first month! To-date, SIX states already declared March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The governor of Nebraska is on board and waiting to sign the proclamation in February. And many other states have already received requests thanks to hard-working, dedicated advocates! Here’s a quick rundown on where we stand. We’re making GREAT progress and hope to see the entire map fill up with blue stars in just a few months!   Live in one of these

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Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. Asks for Cosigners for Presidential Proclamation Request

12.11.13 Update:  THANK YOU for encouraging co-signers! We hit our goal and had 102 co-signers as of Dec. 4. See an updated list below for who signed on. Please continue your eAdvocacy and make sure to sign up for Call-on Congress! If your state isn’t in the process of becoming a Blue Star State yet, get started today! Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. is circulating a Dear Colleague letter asking for signatures from fellow representatives. A letter addressed to President Obama asks him to issue a presidential proclamation designating March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Read Rep. Payne’s Dear Colleague Letter (President Clinton first issued the national proclamation and Bush

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Pam’s Story – Securing My First State Proclamation in West Virginia

By Advocate Pam Seijo, West Virginia In 2004, the first year I went to D.C. to advocate for colorectal cancer, I was determined to make a difference and find my role. Little did I know that four years after a diagnosis of aggressive stage III rectal cancer, the thrill of being on Capitol Hill and meeting with my representatives and senators would set the tone for my fight and drive me to change the colorectal cancer world. My Congressional Representative Suggested I Get a State Proclamation After returning home from Capitol Hill, I received a call from my representative’s office, thanking me for my time and compassion, appreciative that I

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Top 10 Reasons To Attend Call-on Congress

by advocate Belle Piazza Call on Congress 2014 is just around the corner – registration is open now! Health permitting, I will be there with my two kiddos – ready to learn, ready to socialize and ready to make my voice heard! So why should YOU attend Call on Congress? Well, I’m glad you asked! I hope you’ll join us. Here’s why. #10 – Call-on  Congress is in D.C. You do realize Call-on Congress is in D.C., don’t you? Have you been to D.C.? If you haven’t toured the monuments, you simply have to go. They will educate you, inspire you and awe you. This is simply a must see

CDC: More Americans Need Colorectal Cancer Screening

Since the first day we opened our doors as an advocacy group, we have supported and advocated for Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funding. The CDC is the cornerstone of our country’s cancer prevention efforts, saving the lives of Americans and keeping a watchful eye on our country’s disparate populations. The CDC is at the front lines. CDC: A Leader in Cancer Control We see the CDC as a leader in cancer control. This group develops and implements effective, evidence-based cancer prevention programs. In the last five years, the Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CRCCP) has increased access to screening and improved diagnostic care, case management and treatment referral

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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

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What the Government Shutdown Means for Colorectal Cancer

After 15 days, most of us have seen at least one way the government shutdown is impacting our country. Some have friends and family members on furlough who’ve finally had time to paint their bathrooms. Others’ vacation plans are ruined since national monuments and parks are closed. But the ripples of the shutdown go beyond closings, halted jobs and a growing annoyance with our country’s leaders. The shutdown is impacting cancer patients and researchers across the globe and hope for a cure. The Government and Cancer Research Last week the Washington Post ran a front-page story about a beautiful young mom whose treatment for sarcoma is halted because of the

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How the Affordable Care Act Affects Colorectal Cancer

As a colorectal cancer survivor, advocate, caregiver, or family member, it is important that you understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect access to screening. The ACA extends not only to the health insurance industry, but also to prevention and wellness programs throughout the country. Both the expansion of health coverage and the funding of prevention programs have potential to affect significantly the screening and treatment of colorectal cancer. At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we believe that colorectal cancer is a national priority, and screening access should reflect that. Expanded Coverage Currently, lack of health insurance among the adult population is a key reason that just over half of

Health Insurance Marketplace – Now Open

Today marks a historical event that we’ve been anticipating for quite some time—the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace. Since this method of buying health insurance is totally new for those in the United States, it isn’t surprising that there are a lot of questions and misconceptions about how the Affordable Care Act will affect you personally. As a member of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Champions for Coverage program, Fight Colorectal Cancer seeks to provide you with accurate information about enrolling in the Marketplace. CMS is encouraging you to take your time in enrolling. Make sure to research your options and choose a plan that is

Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. Champions Colorectal Cancer

With teary eyes, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. told the story of losing his father, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Sr., to colon cancer in 2012.  Although Payne mourns the loss of his father, he’s taken up his charge and furthers his legacy through supporting colorectal cancer patients and initiatives on the Hill. We were honored to meet with Rep. Payne, Jr. at the 2013 Call-on Congress. Watch his story and hear his encouragement to our advocates. Oh – and hit SHARE to encourage others & spread the word! Ready to use your voice to make colorectal cancer a national priority? As Congressman Payne, Jr. recommends, face-to-face contact with elected officials

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