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Call-on Congress is our largest advocacy event where grassroots advocates passionate about colon and rectal cancer make their voices heard! We host this three-day event each March in the Washington D.C. area.

Next Call-on Congress:  March 16-18, 2014

Check It  Out… Details
 whyweadvocate Registration  Make sure to register online NOW to reserve your spot! Want to help promote? Download the save-the-date! 
signup Scholarships Scholarships are now available for the 2014 Call-on Congress. Event registration, flight and hotel fees will be partially or fully covered. Apply for a scholarship by Jan. 6, 2014.
 staff Speaker Bios We always invite the best and the brightest to speak at Call-on Congress, and 2014 is no different! We’re sure you’ll be as excited as we are once you read their bios. Download: Meet our Speakers!
 bluestar Meeting Agenda Download our Call-on Congress Agenda to find out the schedule of events and what you will be learning. (Agenda is subject to change.)
 location Travel Logistics At Call-on Congress, we don’t mess around! We’ll be in multiple locations each day this year, and that can get confusing. Find out where you need to be and how you can get there by downloading the travel logistics document.Hotel & Transportation Info — Getting to Call-on Congress

Download: Travel Logistics – Getting Around D.C.

shopping What Should you Wear? Day 1: You’ll need a business casual outfit for the first day of training at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town. After we finish training, everyone will head over to the Westin Alexandria Old Town (a short walk or free shuttle ride away) for dinner and our annual Mix & Mingle. No need to worry about changing clothes, your business casual outfit will fit right in.

Day 2: For the second day of training, it’s business casual again. Be sure to wear something comfortable we’ll be in session all day from 8:00am-4:30pm at the ASCO facility in Alexandria.

Day 3: On Day 3, you’ll be in meetings with legislators and/or their staff, so you’ll want to look nice. You can wear a Fight CRC t-shirt underneath a blazer if you’d like, just be sure you are dressed in business attire and wear comfortable shoes (you’ll be doing a lot of walking.)

That night, you will attend our Celebration Dinner at the Carlyle Club. For this event, you’ll want to wear your best in blue! For some, that means a fancy cocktail dress, for others, it means a nice skirt and blouse.Gentlemen, you’re welcome to wear a tux, a suit, or a coat and tie.

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Info
There are several things happening in the DC area while we are at Call-on Congress!

Trying to plan?
Get a handy guide of the rundown of the week, where to eat and get coffee, where to work out and even where to buy groceries!
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Eat4Life by Chris4Life – March 17

While you’re in the area, check out this fun event by our colorectal cancer friends at Chris4Life. Learn healthy meal options and taste dishes from local and celebrity chefs. Call-on Congress attendees can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $50. Click here to buy tickets. 

Click here to learn more about the event. 

strongarm Celebration Dinner The Celebration Dinner is something we look forward to every year! This year, it will be hosted at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, VA, just a short (.2 mile) walk from the Westin. The reception starts at 6:30, so we will walk as a group from the Westin at 6:00. Please begin gathering in the lobby at 5:30. The dinner program will end around 10:30pm and we will walk as a group back to the Westin. You are more than welcome to take a taxi to and/or from the Carlyle Club if you’d prefer not to walk.

The Carlyle Club
411 John Carlyle St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

If you’re not attending Call-on Congress but would like to join us at the Celebration Dinner, you can purchase a ticket here. Check out sponsorship opportunities if you’d like a table at the dinner.

social Be Social This year at Call-on Congress, you’ll learn how you can advocate once you return home. Part of that training will include eAdvocacy. Learn how to advocate online using social media tools.To get a head start, visit our eAdvocacy page now! Download the eAdvocacy checklist and explore our other social media tools.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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How does it work?

Days 1 & 2 – Training Day

Advocates participate in advocacy training where they are briefed on the issues most important to colorectal cancer and learn how to effectively communicate their advocacy goals to their legislators. We bring in experts from across the U.S. who explain to our advocates the importance of research funding, late-breaking science, the current state of policies that impact colorectal cancer and more.

See pictures from our 2013 Call-on Congress!

Download our 2013 Policy Agenda!

Day 3 – Hill Day

On the third day of the event, advocates go to the Hill to visit the offices of their representatives and senators. After two days of training, advocates are ready to share their stories and speak up about legislative priorities of concern for colon cancer. They meet, share stories, ask for support and leave information for follow-ups. Our day on the Hill ends with a big celebration dinner later that evening where annual awards ceremony takes place.

Download the summary from our 2013 Call-on Congress


Our Voice is Getting Louder!

Call-on Congress keeps growing.  In 2013, we had our largest Hill day yet with over 80 advocates, 104 hill meetings scheduled and 24 states represented – a growth by 20 percent attendance from the previous year!

That’s quite a bit more than the 37 advocates we kicked off with in 2007!

While our numbers are growing and our voice is getting louder on the Hill, our mission has never changed. We’re after a cure for colorectal cancer. Funding for medical research. Improved access to screening and prevention.

We’re determined to make colorectal cancer a NATIONAL priority.

Sign up today and join us in March!

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