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5 Steps from Unaware to Aware

5 Steps from Unaware to Aware

by Shawna Snyder A few weeks ago I worked an awareness event at Craig Campbell’s concert in Kansas City that left me stunned in a way I didn’t think was possible. This event had over 3,000 people there, I’d say the majority of them were ages 21-35. As many of the event-goers walked by our table, they moved away from our Fight Colorectal Cancer booth when they saw what we represented, embarrassed that they’d just read the word “colorectal.” The biggest shock to me was that when people did come up to our booth, they questioned what colorectal cancer was and even asked where their colon was located. These questions assured me

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Standing Up for the One Million Strong

by Danielle Burgess It’s difficult to adequately describe the emotion of Friday night for me. As a teen colon cancer survivor, attending Stand Up to Cancer felt like a “Make a Wish” moment. But my trip to Hollywood last weekend was so much more than that. As a survivor, it made me celebrate life in a new way and be thankful for those who’ve brought about societal change so that cancer isn’t as scary, or at least so isolating.  The Live Telecast I flew out to Los Angeles and stayed in a fancy hotel. It was so fancy the famous Hollywood sign appeared in the distance to my left as

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TALKING ABOUT PERSONAL TRAUMA ISN’T EASY

by Anjee Davis , Fight Colorectal Cancer President At our photo shoot last week we heard incredible stories of strength and watched people engage in community. I love hearing people’s stories, and I love watching advocates connect with one another on the set. It makes our work so powerful. After the photo shoot, something happened that opened my eyes to my own advocacy efforts. As I was recapping the week’s events with my husband, Josh, I told him a good friend of mine was on set at the photo shoot. As she was getting to know some of our advocates, she shared my story with them, a story I’ve not

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UNITED AND STANDING UP TO CANCER

THE STARS ALIGN FOR CANCER RESEARCH Along with the stars of Hollywood, we were invited to participate in the Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) “red carpet” activities and sent our very own Director of Communications and two-time colorectal cancer survivor Danielle Burgess to cover the action and hopefully snag a few million strong-arm poses along the way! Statistics show that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This is why an event like Stand Up to Cancer is so significant. At this event, celebrities and numerous organizations unite as one to emphasize the importance of raising funds for cancer research.

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Finding State Statistics on Colon and Rectal Cancer

by Andi Dwyer, Director of Health Promotion DATA: IT’S EASIER TO FIND THAN YOU THINK One of our advocates recently called asking for information about the number of cancers diagnosed in her region of Central Illinois. She requested this information so she could write and accurately illustrate to her legislators the burden of colorectal cancer in her local area. Being a data geek, I was thrilled to get this question. But after responding to her, I realized that many people don’t realize how easy it is to access this information and then use it to advocate. Data can seem intimidating and scary. But in truth, accessing trustworthy information, reviewing the data and finding

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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

One Voice Against Cancer: Maria’s Perspective

by Maria Williams, advocate I look over my list of meetings on my schedule for the day with OVAC, One Voice Against Cancer, while listening to our morning “pep” talk.  My meetings are set at just the right intervals, no running back and forth between the house and senate sides of the Hill. The names on the schedule are ones I recognize from meetings over that past couple of years, this brings me a sense of comfort and relief, hoping these folks will remember me. I know I will be meeting with legislative staff from previous trips. I’m feeling more confident than I have in the past, this being my

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CREATING A VISION – A CURRENT OF HOPE

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ― Robert F. Kennedy CREATING RIPPLES OF HOPE by Anjee Davis,  President I think about our mission

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Advocacy in July – The March Momentum Continues

by Emily White, Advocacy Manager Our team spent three days last week in the hub of Washington, D.C. and stirred things up a bit!  We were joined by four of our amazing grassroots advocates: Jovannie Lorenzo (NJ), Patti Hollenback (PA), Bunny Terry (NM) and Debra Merritt (LA). Our schedule was so jam-packed with meetings that our staff had to split up in order to be so many places at one time!  Although we spent much of the trip apart, we all came together for one very important meeting on July 16—the 80% screened by 2018 stakeholder meeting that we co-hosted with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).

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Fight Colorectal Cancer Heads to Minnesota for Pitch for Prevention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National March Against Colorectal Cancer Heads to Minnesota Twins’ Target Field for Pitch for Prevention Fight Colorectal Cancer’s coast-to-coast colorectal cancer awareness campaign, One Million Strong, is collaborating with Mayo Clinic and prostate cancer group Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure to raise awareness of ‘below the belt’ cancers at Target Field July 18, 2014 – ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Fight Colorectal Cancer’s (Fight CRC) One Million Strong campaign, a movement creating awareness of colon and rectal cancer, will be in the Twin Cities area July 21-23 as part of the Pitch for Prevention campaign. Fight CRC will join forces with the Mayo Clinic and prostate cancer group

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