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Meet the One Million Strong – Paula T. from Texas

Meet the One Million Strong – Paula T. from Texas

Be a part of One Million Strong and tell us how colorectal cancer has impacted your life! Share your story now!  MEET PAULA Paula Thomas, Survivor From Fort Worth, TX PAULA’S STORY I was initially diagnosed in 2011 with stage II colon cancer through a routine age 60 colonoscopy. My age 50 colonoscopy was clean, and I have no history of colorectal cancer in my family that I know of. Upon my diagnosis, I had a colectomy of the cecum area, and continued my life as an active employed adult professional. No chemo was taken as odds of recurrence were only 15 percent, I was told. Guess what…the cancer did reoccur,

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Blue Star States – We’re Making Progress!

This month we kicked off a new campaign – Blue Star States. In partnership with The Colon Cancer Alliance, we’re encouraging grassroots advocates to get ALL 50 STATES to issue proclamations that declare March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. President Clinton issued the first Presidential proclamation in 2000 and now each year, advocates can request that national, state and city officials issue similar statements. If all 50 states become Blue Star States, policy makers across the nation will see that colorectal cancer is a national priority. Your governor should be excited to support a cause that requires nothing more than his or her signature. The proclamation will gain attention

Bronner Bros. Hair Show — RECAP!

The Bronner Bros. show in Atlanta proved to be an amazing place to talk about colorectal cancer. Why Bronner Bros.? Because screening rates are lower among the African-American demographic, we partnered with The Center for Colon Cancer Research at the University of South Carolina to host an educational booth that distributed life-saving information and attracted attention among African-Americans. Our relationship with Rodrick Samuels and the Profile Barber Institute made the hair show a perfect way to reach our target audience. Our Exhibit For two days, our exhibit hosted Colondar models Tonya Floyd (2014) and Suzie Hill (2008), two women diagnosed with CRC under age 50. Kendra McBride from the University

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

The Beauty Industry is Cutting Out Colon Cancer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 7, 2013 - ALEXANDRIA, Va. – National non-profit Fight Colorectal Cancer is teaming up with the Profile Barber Institute to raise awareness of colorectal cancer at the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta, GA from Aug 17-19. The exhibit will incorporate colorectal cancer awareness activities into the hair institute’s promotions. Rodrick Samuels, owner of Profile Barber Institute, sees the partnership as an opportunity to merge two of his passions:  the professional beauty industry and cancer awareness. “My mother passed away from lung cancer and I have since become an advocate in her memory,” said Samuels. “I use my platform in the community to promote health and to spread the

Screening for Prevention vs. Early Detection | Response to JAMA Article

The July 29, 2013 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) includes an opinion piece titled, “Over diagnoses and treatment of cancer? An opportunity for improvement.”  The authors highlight the growing body of literature and a growing depth of understanding as it relates to cancer prevention and early detection. They call for an open dialogue between patients and the medical community. Fight Colorectal Cancer couldn’t resist weighing in on this issue. Colorectal cancer is a “Crown Jewel” of cancer screening The article (which can be read in full here) discusses what we’ve learned from data about cancer incidence (number of diagnoses) and cancer mortality (number of deaths). 

We’re Speaking Up For Colorectal Cancer With One Voice Against Cancer

Advocacy is in our blood here at Fight Colorectal Cancer. We host our annual grassroots event Call-on Congress in March but all year long we send advocates to Capitol Hill to advocate for colorectal cancer policy and medical research funding. Today, three of our advocates will be on The Hill with One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), a collaboration of national non-profit organizations who advocate for increased cancer-related appropriations. Here’s who is representing Fight Colorectal Cancer: Josh Wimberly, Grassroots Action Committee Member and survivor Belle Piazza, Grassroots Action Committee Member and survivor Rochelle Joseph, survivor and advocate Dan Dixon, Ph.D., Co-Program Leader, Cancer Prevention, The University of Kansas Cancer Center Associate Professor, Department of

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

Two Advances in Understanding, Treating Painful Chemo Neuropathy

Recent studies show some promise in understanding chemo-caused neuropathy, and perhaps in using a common medicine to ease the worst symptoms in some people. Study shows neuropathy relief for some using antidepressant  A well-designed clinical study has provided the first evidence that the antidepressant Cymbalta® (duloxetine) can provide some patients with significant relief from peripheral neuropathy caused by chemotherapy. From 20 to 40 percent of cancer patients given neurotoxic chemotherapy–taxanes, platinum-based including Eloxatin® (oxaliplatin), vinca alkaloids, bortezomib–will develop painful peripheral neuropathy (numbness, tingling, burning in hands or feet). If the pain is severe, colorectal cancer patients often have to reduce the dose or stop taking Eloxatin. Even then, this painful condition

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