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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

How 4 Young Survivors Changed the Call-on Congress

This year’s Call-on Congress introduced something new:  a scholarship fund. One survivor honoring her mother opened the door for three fellow colorectal cancer survivors to join our advocacy efforts. And what a great door they opened. Here are their stories and how they set a precedent for future Call-on Congress events. Finding Family Strength   We had the opportunity of meeting Joyce Anne Ware Longfellow, mother of colorectal cancer survivor Liz Dennis, at the 2012 Call-on Congress. Liz attended many previous Call-on Congress events and brought her mother last year. Both walked away determined to bring more people in 2013. Liz’s battle was not the first time her family had

Tuesday Recap | 2013 Call-on Congress

I’ve never served in the military but I can only imagine what soldiers go through the night before they leave for deployment or battle. Years of training and preparation lead up to the big day. It’s the military-version of starring on Broadway. It must feel similar to tonight – the hours before we hit the Hill during the Call-on Congress. The fight against colorectal cancer feels like war sometimes. Battle after battle (or doctor’s visits, scans, surgeries and procedures) create a war on many fronts… whether you’re the patient in the hospital bed or the loved one holding their hand. But after a day like today’s Call-on Congress, those of

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

Help us make a difference | 2013 Call-on Congress

The 2013 Call-on Congress will be big. Over 80 colorectal cancer advocates plan to attend. Presentations and exercises make for a full agenda. Our legislative priorities will be heard! But, what if you cannot be in Washington DC with us next week? Big news – we still NEED your help. United Behind a Cure – Call-in on March 20 Next Wednesday, Fight Colorectal Cancer will join with other colorectal cancer groups to sponsor the United Behind A Cure Congressional Call-in. While our team of advocates meet with their representatives on Capitol Hill, we need YOU to call and make your voice heard. By calling in, you magnify our message and

Call-on Congress – What do we want? | 2013 Call-on Congress

Over the past few days I’ve told you some of the reasons our 80+ colorectal cancer advocates will be on Capitol Hill next week. Yesterday we touched on the agenda for the 2013 Call-on Congress. Today – I want you to know exactly what we will be asking of our elected officials. Stay tuned – tomorrow I will share with you how to get involved from your living room! But first … a brief overview of a bill and the lawmaking process No review of how a bill becomes a law is complete without a little School House Rock.  “I’m just a bill…sittin’ here on Capitol Hill.” If you need

What will we do at the 2013 Call-on Congress?

Call-on Congress harnesses the passion of those impacted by colorectal cancer and helps them make a difference when it comes to the law. Some of us come as survivors. Others of us sign up as caregivers, widows, researchers, physicians, friends and family. (See some of the reasons the 2013 attendees signed up!) Regardless of our relationship with the disease, we all fight for the same thing:  a cure. Fight Colorectal Cancer’s 2013 Call-on Congress takes us one step further to that goal. As the 80+ attendees pack their bags this week and prepare to ascend on Capitol Hill, take a look at what’s in store for the 2013 Call-on Congress.

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

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