Emily’s Thank You to our Grassroots Action Committee

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by Emily White, Advocacy Manager

At Fight Colorectal Cancer, maybe our mantra should be “it takes a village to grow a movement.” We couldn’t do what we do without the support of committed volunteers and advocates across the country.

At the core of Fight Colorectal Cancer is our Grassroots Action Committee (GAC). Members of the GAC are a vital part of the planning and execution of every event and program at Fight CRC. In many cases, we refer to them as our “pulse check.” They represent advocates from across the country, they remind us of our core values and their opinions are highly valued.

This special group of eight to ten advocates holds an hour-long monthly meeting, but their contributions go well beyond the monthly calls. Each member contributes in their own special way; mentoring, interacting on social media, writing blogs, proofing materials, brainstorming with staff—the list goes on. They work around the clock to make One Million Strong events and Call-on Congress successful.

13834973364_1ded91a8eaWe want to say “THANK YOU!” to all of our GAC members, especially the four who have reached the end of their terms: Josh Wimberly, Elaine Newcomb, Tom Foeller, and Jennifer Bretsch.

With their help, the past year has been our most successful to date! Our GAC contributed to these momentous accomplishments:

• The president issued a national Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month proclamation for the first time in over a decade
• Advocates in all 50 states submitted state proclamation requests through Blue Star States
• More than 80 advocates and twenty-nine states were represented at Call-on Congress
• One Million Strong went coast-to-coast from NYC to Portland, Oregon

GAC members were with us every step of the way and we couldn’t bear to let them completely retire! Josh, Elaine, Tom and Jennifer will continue to serve as advisors, mentors and volunteers as we move into the planning stages of the 2015 events.

As Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Advocacy Manager, meeting and befriending the members of the GAC was integral to my first year. Hearing their stories, becoming their friend and making unforgettable memories with each member made me fall in love with my job and motivated me to work harder. To me, the GAC represents the millions of people who have been affected by colorectal cancer.10131007434_b973dff1dc

These special individuals make our mission personal—our fight for a cure has a face and a voice, and if you know our GAC the way I do, you know it’s a voice you can’t ignore.

I can’t say enough about how much this special group of advocates has done for Fight Colorectal Cancer. I look forward to working with our new committee members and have no doubt that our future events will be even better.

To all our advocates, thank you for making my first year on the job such a meaningful and memorable experience.


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