Simply Amazing: Recap of Day 2 of 2014 Call-on Congress


It’s difficult to encapsulate today through a blog post and a few photos we snapped.

Today will definitely go down in the Fight Colorectal Cancer history books as one of the greatest days we experienced as an organization. Not only did we participate in events that escalated our cause and confirmed that colorectal cancer is a national priority. We got to share in the moments amongst all of our advocates attending Call-on Congress.

Here are a few highlights of the day:

asco-alexandria-bldgASCO building – we trotted through the snow this morning and entered a jaw-dropping, beautiful meeting space at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) building. Advocates heard from David Woodmansee of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN) and Margaret Carvin, our (new!) policy strategist. They got the rundown of our legislative asks and provisions of the Affordable Care Act that impact cancer.

White HouseAnjee Davis, our interim executive director, and Nancy Roach joined a distinguished group of colorectal cancer doctors, researchers and other leaders, as well as Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr., at the White House for a meeting. Executive staff listened to the group’s request for President Obama to put colorectal cancer at the forefront of his health-conscious priorities. They received very positive feedback.

Breakouts – After morning presentations at ASCO, the advocates broke into small groups for hands-on training. Expert Dan Dixon, Ph.D. and researcher at the University of Kansas Medical Center, discussed research funding, Mike Mizelle, Associate Director for Policy at the CDC spoke about the CRC Screening Programs at the CDC and Emily White from Fight Colorectal Cancer discussed how to make the most of congressional meetings.


National Press Club – Following the White House meeting, Anjee and Nancy met a handful of board members and survivors at the National Press Club. Locking arms with other members of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Nancy spoke at the national press conference for the launch of a new screening campaign, 80 by 2018. ACS announced new data, showing that colonoscopy has encouraged screening rates to decrease by 30% over the past 10 years among those 50 and older. Together we stood united with our community on this bold and aggressive screening goal.

Meanwhile, back at ASCO – Advocates watched the live-stream of Nancy sharing their stories and representing patients at the news conference. The training day then transitioned to role-playing and meeting assignments, preparing for Hill Day, led by Christopher Kush of Soapbox Consulting.

payne-colon-cancer-callon-congressSecret Surprise – A Congressman! - The advocate training came to a quick pause as Congressman Payne, Jr. showed up at ASCO to thank our advocates for their support. Board member David Wicks awarded Rep. Payne, Jr. with the Congressional Champion Award and thanked him for his tireless work on the Hill for our cause, and for his help in securing the presidential proclamation recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Payne offered remarks, thanking advocates for “making the work he’s doing easy.”

Game Plans & Practices - To end the day, advocates huddled and reviewed their schedules. They role-played and assigned roles to one another, getting a game plan in place for their congressional meetings starting bright and early tomorrow morning.

All-in-all, it was an AMAZING day for Fight Colorectal Cancer advocates.

We served as witnesses to our government making colorectal cancer a national priority. And we recognized that it’s our voices, our passion and our relentless pursuit that has helped put colon and rectal cancer at the forefront of public health.


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