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Fight Colorectal Cancer Honors Advocates for Service to the Cause

Each year at Call-on Congress, Fight Colorectal Cancer gives out three awards to advocates who go above and beyond to advance the cause of colorectal cancer patients. The 2013 award recipients are:

Kate Murphy photoThe Andrew Giusti Memorial Award was posthumously awarded to the late Kate Murphy for her tireless activism on behalf of colorectal cancer patients and for focusing, like Andrew Giusti did, on pushing for great science that will translate to patient benefits as quickly as possible.

Kate was a founding staff member of Fight Colorectal Cancer and our Director of Research Communications. She was the first patient advocate to ever sit on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Colon/Rectal/Anal panel, which develops treatment guidelines for oncologists. She also served on nearly a dozen other scientific committees, always staying true to the needs of the colorectal cancer patient and challenging researchers to do better on their behalf.

Kate passed away from Lynch syndrome-related colorectal cancer in October 2012. Her husband Tom received the award at Call-on Congress.

Andrew Giusti was a former Board member, scientist and colorectal cancer patient. This memorial award honors advocates who work in the research environment. Andy was a superb research advocate. He was working on a vaccine against colorectal cancer when he was diagnosed in 2005 with stage IV colorectal cancer at the age of 40. He passed away in 2010.

Rose and Eric HausmannThe Advocate of the Year Award went to husband and wife team Eric and Rose Hausmann of New Jersey.

Through the years, they have raised over $30,000 for Fight Colorectal Cancer through local events, attended Call-on Congress for five years in a row, served as mentors to new advocates, represented Fight Colorectal Cancer at countless speaking events, filmed this amazing screening awareness PSA and were instrumental in getting their two senators from New Jersey to introduce a resolution proclaiming March 2013 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Individually, they are amazing people with the strength to get through Rose’s stage IV colorectal cancer while still fighting to advance the cause. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with.

Rep. McGovern with Massachusetts advocates Amy Robert (left) and Caitlin Gambee

The Congressional Champion Award was presented to The Honorable Jim McGovern (MA-2).

Rep. McGovern has strongly supported colorectal cancer legislation for many years.

He cosponsored HR 4120 in the 112th Congress that would remove barriers to screening colonoscopy for Medicare patients, co-authored a Dear Colleague letter in 2012 urging his fellow members of Congress to wear blue on the day of Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Call-on Congress visits to Capitol Hill, led a 2012 sign-on letter to House appropriators in support for funding for the the colorectal cancer program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, led introduction in 2009 with Rep. Kay Granger (a past recipient of the Congressional Champion Award) of the Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Act, and spoke at 2011 press conference in support of colorectal cancer screening.

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