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Don’t Be Scared of Advocacy

Don’t Be Scared of Advocacy

by Advocate Josh Wimberly, Alabama Defender, supporter, champion, reformer, advisor; these are all words that one might use to describe advocacy efforts. Advocacy in its simplest form involves strategies to change or influence decisions.  It has connotations of confrontation and conflict, both of which may be true, but often it involves partnership, education, consciousness raising, and a relentless approach to developing a shared purpose between the advocate, the person or thing being advocated for, and the stakeholders involved in the decision-making process. Our Focus… For Those Whom We Advocate At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we have a stated mission to advocate for legislative priorities related to the screening, prevention, and treatment

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Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. Asks for Cosigners for Presidential Proclamation Request

12.11.13 Update:  THANK YOU for encouraging co-signers! We hit our goal and had 102 co-signers as of Dec. 4. See an updated list below for who signed on. Please continue your eAdvocacy and make sure to sign up for Call-on Congress! If your state isn’t in the process of becoming a Blue Star State yet, get started today! Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. is circulating a Dear Colleague letter asking for signatures from fellow representatives. A letter addressed to President Obama asks him to issue a presidential proclamation designating March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Read Rep. Payne’s Dear Colleague Letter (President Clinton first issued the national proclamation and Bush

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Pam’s Story – Securing My First State Proclamation in West Virginia

By Advocate Pam Seijo, West Virginia In 2004, the first year I went to D.C. to advocate for colorectal cancer, I was determined to make a difference and find my role. Little did I know that four years after a diagnosis of aggressive stage III rectal cancer, the thrill of being on Capitol Hill and meeting with my representatives and senators would set the tone for my fight and drive me to change the colorectal cancer world. My Congressional Representative Suggested I Get a State Proclamation After returning home from Capitol Hill, I received a call from my representative’s office, thanking me for my time and compassion, appreciative that I

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Top 10 Reasons To Attend Call-on Congress

by advocate Belle Piazza Call on Congress 2014 is just around the corner – registration is open now! Health permitting, I will be there with my two kiddos – ready to learn, ready to socialize and ready to make my voice heard! So why should YOU attend Call on Congress? Well, I’m glad you asked! I hope you’ll join us. Here’s why. #10 – Call-on  Congress is in D.C. You do realize Call-on Congress is in D.C., don’t you? Have you been to D.C.? If you haven’t toured the monuments, you simply have to go. They will educate you, inspire you and awe you. This is simply a must see

CDC: More Americans Need Colorectal Cancer Screening

Since the first day we opened our doors as an advocacy group, we have supported and advocated for Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funding. The CDC is the cornerstone of our country’s cancer prevention efforts, saving the lives of Americans and keeping a watchful eye on our country’s disparate populations. The CDC is at the front lines. CDC: A Leader in Cancer Control We see the CDC as a leader in cancer control. This group develops and implements effective, evidence-based cancer prevention programs. In the last five years, the Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CRCCP) has increased access to screening and improved diagnostic care, case management and treatment referral

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Blue Star States – We’re Making Progress!

This month we kicked off a new campaign – Blue Star States. In partnership with The Colon Cancer Alliance, we’re encouraging grassroots advocates to get ALL 50 STATES to issue proclamations that declare March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. President Clinton issued the first Presidential proclamation in 2000 and now each year, advocates can request that national, state and city officials issue similar statements. If all 50 states become Blue Star States, policy makers across the nation will see that colorectal cancer is a national priority. Your governor should be excited to support a cause that requires nothing more than his or her signature. The proclamation will gain attention

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How the Affordable Care Act Affects Colorectal Cancer

As a colorectal cancer survivor, advocate, caregiver, or family member, it is important that you understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect access to screening. The ACA extends not only to the health insurance industry, but also to prevention and wellness programs throughout the country. Both the expansion of health coverage and the funding of prevention programs have potential to affect significantly the screening and treatment of colorectal cancer. At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we believe that colorectal cancer is a national priority, and screening access should reflect that. Expanded Coverage Currently, lack of health insurance among the adult population is a key reason that just over half of

Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. Champions Colorectal Cancer

With teary eyes, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. told the story of losing his father, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Sr., to colon cancer in 2012.  Although Payne mourns the loss of his father, he’s taken up his charge and furthers his legacy through supporting colorectal cancer patients and initiatives on the Hill. We were honored to meet with Rep. Payne, Jr. at the 2013 Call-on Congress. Watch his story and hear his encouragement to our advocates. Oh – and hit SHARE to encourage others & spread the word! Ready to use your voice to make colorectal cancer a national priority? As Congressman Payne, Jr. recommends, face-to-face contact with elected officials

You don’t have to be a scientist to get involved in research

Remember the feeling of being a young freshman student walking the halls lined with senior lockers? Sweaty palms. Knocking knees. It was intimidating to be surrounded by upper classman. As a cancer survivor, sometimes the research process can feel similar to the “good” ole’ days of high school. Especially if you don’t love chemistry. But as Florence, a survivor and advocate can attest, if you give it a little time — research can be for ANYONE. Although it may not come easy for you at first, when you slow down and take small steps, you too will begin to see that research isn’t always as complex or difficult as it

Mom Was Strong

Last week, National Siblings Day took the Facebook feeds by storm! And in the spirit of celebrating sibling love, I wanted you to meet two sisters who came to the 2013 Call-on Congress. They are precious women who used the advocacy event to honor and remember their mom. Here is their story. Maybe I came too soon… You might remember the woman I referenced in the Monday recap from the Call-on Congress. As I floated around the room I met one woman whose tears prevented her from sharing her story. A day or so later, I sat down with her and her sister to learn about what brought them to

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