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What Doesn’t Kill You – A Story From Call-on Congress

What Doesn’t Kill You – A Story From Call-on Congress

by Bunny Terry They say (the pundits, singers and entertainers) that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I’m pretty sure they were referring to cancer and its survivors. Songs with that phrase have been used as background music for several videos of cancer patients getting stronger in the face of this ever-present and devastating disease. The phrase definitely hits home for me. My Story I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in November 2012. After my diagnosis, I contacted every person I knew who believed in prayer. I asked for everyone’s best thoughts. I did everything my oncologist recommended and then when he suggested a visit to MD Anderson

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Happy: Recap of Day 3 of 2014 Call-on Congress

It may sound strange that the #1 song on Billboard’s Top 100 this week, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, became the go-to song on our playlist this week at Call-on Congress. But there’s no other way to put it. Crazy, I know. Last night a room full of people who’ve faced the “c” word, some of us multiple times, danced in a conga line to the song – a repeat of what happened a few nights prior. A crowd made up of people who represent loved ones that passed away or caregivers of those physically unable to make the trip celebrated in unison. The reasons to be unhappy were many, yet

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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 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

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Meeting with Legislative Staff Members

by Caitlin Leach As you prepare for your trip to Call-on Congress in Washington, make room in your luggage for your stories, your experiences and your hope for the future. Your perspectives bring legislative issues to life. Anecdotes about colorectal cancer’s impact on you and your community are essential for your representatives in Washington and their staff members to hear. Members of Congress make decisions by weighing the facts and evidence, but also based on the insights their constituents share about how policy impacts their lives. Adding your voice to the conversation is critical to successful advocacy. Meeting with Legislative Staff While you are in Washington next week, many members of

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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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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

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

Honoring a Fallen Hero One Year Later – RIP Nancy Malthouse

We met Bill & Nancy in 2012. As new advocates, they were ready to storm the Hill. Although they sought to change policy together in March, Nancy passed away a few months later on Aug. 19, 2012. All who knew and loved her were sad to hear the news and rose to show love and support. Bill requested that gifts be given to Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Lisa Fund in memory of Nancy. This fund donates 100% of its proceeds to late-stage colorectal cancer research – a passion both Bill & Nancy shared. Over the past year, many honored Nancy in a substantial way. Friends and family of Nancy donated over

Meet the Newbies to the GAC

At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we head straight to “the top” when it comes to demanding a cure for this dreaded disease. Our advocates hit Capitol Hill each March to meet with members of Congress. And throughout the year, a special committee ensures that actions for CRC advocacy are taken. Meet the newest members of the Grassroots Action Committee of Fight CRC – the team behind the magic that happens year after year at our annual advocacy event, Call-on Congress. What is the GAC? The Grassroots Action Committee was formed to coalesce the passions of die-hard colorectal cancer advocates. We consider the GAC our “super committee!” They are committed, engaged advocates who take action when asked and

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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