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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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HR 1070: Passing a bill is not for the faint of heart

The current political climate on the Hill requires persistence if we want to make change. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to improve access to colorectal cancer screening by waiving coinsurance*, copays, and deductibles for many colorectal cancer screening tests. Screening tests include colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies and fecal occult blood tests (FOBT). This sounds simple in theory, but implementation is proving more challenging than expected. Take a few minutes today to read through why changing policy takes time, and the importance of your representatives’ support when it comes to laws that directly impact costs associated with colon and rectal cancer screening. Changing Policy Takes Persistence Fight Colorectal Cancer is actively working

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Promoting Your State Proclamation

We told the story about Pam securing her first state proclamation in West Virginia in her first blog. Now read more as she talks about how to promote the fact your state has become a Blue Star State!  By Advocate Pam Seijo, West Virginia With each additional year of survivorship, the excitement of the ask and securing a state proclamation for recognition of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month has doubled in importance to me. I’ve learned to not hold back. I continue to fight so that one day, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month will become a national observance. I want to let my entire state know we recognize this month

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Don’t Be Scared of Advocacy

by Advocate Josh Wimberly, Alabama Defender, supporter, champion, reformer, advisor; these are all words that one might use to describe advocacy efforts. Advocacy in its simplest form involves strategies to change or influence decisions.  It has connotations of confrontation and conflict, both of which may be true, but often it involves partnership, education, consciousness raising, and a relentless approach to developing a shared purpose between the advocate, the person or thing being advocated for, and the stakeholders involved in the decision-making process. Our Focus… For Those Whom We Advocate At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we have a stated mission to advocate for legislative priorities related to the screening, prevention, and treatment

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Stage IV Colon Cancer Hits 35-Year-Old White House Staffer

The White House launched several messages over the past few weeks to encourage sign-ups for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The one that’s caught our eye:  news about 35-year-old Michael Robertson, deputy assistant to the president and deputy cabinet secretary, who happens to be a stage IV colorectal cancer survivor. Looks like one of the One Million Strong is working hand-in-hand with the president. National Public Radio (NPR) reports that: A White House official says in the coming days, the administration will call attention to stories like Robertson’s. While many parts of the Affordable Care Act are unpopular, this provision has broad support. The release of Robertson’s story

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

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