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Monday Recap | 2013 Call-on Congress

A small group of advocates from Virgina sat in a circle. Tasked with telling their stories, each took turns explaining what led them to the 2013 Call-on Congress. A girlfriend of a survivor who passed away several years ago kicked off with her story. Then two colorectal cancer survivors chimed in. A Fight Colorectal Cancer staff member explained what led her to taking a job at the organization. And then, the circle got quiet. As a young woman sitting next to me tried to speak, her eyes welled up and tears streamed down her face. Although she never managed to tell her story, we all knew she came in memory

Come to DC for Free!

Fight Colorectal Cancer is pleased to announce that we will be providing scholarships for advocates to attend Call-on Congress 2013! Scholarship applicants must be: A voting resident in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, or Wisconsin A colorectal cancer survivor or patient currently in treatment A first time Call-on Congress attendee “Like us” on Facebook One person from each of the target states listed above will be selected to receive a scholarship to attend Call-on Congress. The scholarships are made possible through a private donation in memory of advocate and friend Joyce Anne Ware Longfellow, who passed away earlier this year. The aim is to help survivors come to Washington, DC and make

TAKE ACTION: Ask Congress to Protect Funding to Fight Cancer

On July 10, more than 100 cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, researchers and physicians will unite on Capitol Hill as One Voice Against Cancer. “Prioritize and protect funding to fight cancer” will be the strong yet simple message they deliver to their lawmakers. Fight Colorectal Cancer is an active member of One Voice Against Cancer and will be represented on Capitol Hill by an outstanding team of colorectal cancer advocates, but they need your support. “I’m No Miracle” is an advertising campaign that will be launched by One Voice Against Cancer this week. Take a moment download or print the ad and email, fax or mail it to your lawmakers along


This 4th of July say Happy Birthday USA! in a uniquely Fight Colorectal Cancer way.   Send us a photo, create a video, or write a blog post that captures the spirit of colorectal cancer advocacy and US democracy. Let your creativity fly like the stars and stripes!  We’ll post the most patriotic and colorectal cancer focused submissions on FightColorectalCancer.org throughout late June and July – and if your submission is posted, we’ll send you some free Fight CRC gear. Your submission must be original content. Videos should be less than 4 minutes long and blog posts under 500 words. You must have permission to publish from each person in your photos or videos.

Call-on Congress Day 2: Advocates Hear from the Experts

On Tuesday, March 6, Fight Colorectal Cancer advocates attending the 6th annual Call-on Congress heard from staff and experts about the challenges to spreading awareness of and increasing research into colorectal cancer amid national budget challenges. Training sessions with Fight Colorectal Cancer staff gave advocates a real world view of the policy and legislative landscape for colorectal cancer. They were given information about key legislation, statistics and talking points for their meetings with lawmakers that will occur on Wednesday. “It’s so exciting to be here in Washington and on Capitol Hill to see how it all works,” said Erica Lee, an advocate from California who is attending the conference. “It’s

Help Pass the “Fight Colorectal Cancer Stamp Act” (H.R. 893)

Legislation in Congress will help raise money for colorectal cancer research without increasing federal spending. Pennsylvania congressman Charlie Dent has introduced a bill that would direct the U.S. Postal Service to sell a semipostal stamp to raise money for federally funded colorectal cancer research and prevention programs. Semipostal stamps are regular postage stamps that are sold at a surcharge over their postage value. The additional charge is a voluntary contribution by the purchaser to a designated cause. Under the “Fight Colorectal Cancer Stamp Act” (H.R. 893), funds raised from a semipostal colorectal cancer stamp would be used for colorectal cancer programs at the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program,

Cancer funding decision delayed. Time to take action, advocates!

Earlier this month, the House Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations Subcommittee announced that it has postponed consideration of its fiscal year (FY) 2012 spending bill until September. Delayed consideration of this bill, which funds the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gives colorectal cancer advocates more time to contact their House and Senate lawmakers when they return home in August. The message: Funding for colorectal cancer research and prevention must be a priority.