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Fight Colorectal Cancer recognizes the life-saving impact of medical research. We don’t only connect patients to clinical trials for life-saving treatments, we advocate for federal funding of medical research and innovation. We can’t afford to lose an opportunity to discover a novel screening test or a new treatment option for patients. But that’s precisely what’s at stake. And that’s why we get involved.

At Fight Colorectal Cancer, here’s what we do:

  1. We fundraise to support research focused advocacy, meetings, and grants.
  2. Since 2008 we directly fund late-stage CRC research through our Lisa Fund raising over a quarter of a million dollars. In partnership with AACR, we support a peer-reviewed grant application to find a young and talented researcher focused on late-stage CRC.
  3. We work with researchers, academics, and survivors to bridge the gap between patients and scientists.
  4. We help to connect patients to clinical trials.

We work year round to bridge the gap between the scientific community and the patient community.  We know patients are the ultimate consumers of cancer research and cancer patients’ voices need to be heard at every step in the research process. Funds donated to our research fund help us:  train advocates, support discussions on how to design clinical trials,  staff and advocate meetings with the FDA, NIH, and NCI, and approach joint research activities with academic institutions. To stay engaged, staff and advocates meet with scientists at national conferences and at their labs. We do our very best to fight for science and innovation in colorectal cancer treatments, products or diagnostics. Support from our general research fund allows us be at the front lines.

Fight Colorectal Cancer funds one of 10 fellowships awarded by American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) — and the only one specifically focused on late-stage colorectal cancer. Our Lisa Fund donates 100% of its proceeds to late-stage colorectal cancer research.

Advocating for the advancement of research is crucial to finding new and better treatments for cancer patients. Colorectal cancer survivors, their caregivers and families are uniquely positioned to support cancer research in new and innovative ways. Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Research Advocacy Training and Support (RATS) group works in partnership with both academic institutions and its many cancer partners to improve the ability of research advocates to effectively participate in the research process. Our RATS group, board members and the staff of Fight Colorectal Cancer work directly with the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Association for Cancer Researchers. By working with federal agencies and medical societies and associations, we ensure a voice at the table for patients.

Fight Colorectal Cancer has partnered with EmergingMed and the Colon Cancer Alliance to provide free clinical trial matching services to colorectal cancer patients, family members and caregivers. For more info, visit our Clinical Trials Matching Service.

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