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The 2015 Call-on Congress Scholarship Fund

The 2015 Call-on Congress Scholarship Fund

In 2013, Fight Colorectal Cancer introduced something new; a Call-on Congress Scholarship Fund. Thanks to survivor and longtime advocate Liz Dennis, five new warriors joined us on the Hill that year. The passion that was shown by our newbies tugged on the hearts of everyone, and the necessity to continue this program was felt by all. With the generosity of two couples, Chad and Sheila Schrack and Eric and Rose Hausmann, funds from their hometown fundraisers were added to the scholarship program. Because of these efforts, in 2014 Fight Colorectal Cancer was able to double our scholarship recipients, and 10 new warriors joined us on the Hill.  “I was accompanied

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Meet the One Million Strong – Ed M. from Ohio

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET ED Ed Murphy, CaregiverMilford, Ohio ED’S STORY My wife, Arlene, was diagnosed with colon cancer in September, 2004 while trying to find the source of her recently diagnosed anemia. During the surgery to remove the tumor and resect the colon, lymph nodes were checked and it was determined to be stage III colon cancer. Arlene started chemo in early November and by late December there had been a metastasis to her ovaries. After ovarian surgery we were now looking at stage IV colon cancer.  We decided to go for

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Advocacy Update – May 2014

Advocates, It’s hard to believe that we’re already five months into 2014! As we gear up for summer, things in advocacy are heating up.  In this update, you’ll find out what Fight CRC has been up to on the Hill and what your fellow advocates have been doing at home. For real time updates, be sure to join the advocates at Fight CRC Facebook group! Meet the New Grassroots Action Committee (GAC) This month, we said “see you later!” to a few of our GAC members who reached the end of their terms (read the blog post here). Although we hate to see them retire, we are so excited to have

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Meet the One Million Strong – Chris Heffelbower

Publicly Sharing My Battle, by Chris Heffelbower Being diagnosed with colon cancer is a lonely and isolating experience…until you find other awesome and fabulous survivors. My first reaction when I learned that I had colon cancer was: “a 37 year-old doesn’t get colon cancer.”  I felt embarrassed that I had a cancer involving my bowels.  There was a brief time when I considered not telling anyone that I had colon cancer or keeping it as private as possible. Instead, I decided to publicly share my battle.  I maintained a Caringbridge site and shared my story with family, friends and neighbors.  It was silly to think that I could keep my

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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

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