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

call-on-congress-fight-crcCall-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.

Inspiration from those United in a Cure

Attendees receive two days of training before the “big day” on on Capitol Hill arrives. Speakers will cover a range of topics that unite the group, motivate to get behind a cure and teach each participant how to tell their story.

An amazing team of speakers will present:

  • Welcome to Call on Congress, Carlea Bauman, President of Fight Colorectal Cancer
  • Advocates are Breaking New Ground, Max G. Bronstein, MPP, Research!America
  • The Power of One, Rodrick Samuels, owner of Profile Barber Institute & CRC advocate
  • Your Roadmap to Colorectal Cancer Research facilitated by Dan Dixon, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center highlighting:
  • Colorectal Cancer Treatment: How is it moving forward by Johanna Bendell MD, Director of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Research at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute
  • Survivorship: What is the role of research after treatment by Andrea (Andi) Dwyer, Project Director for the Colorado Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN)
  • What’s the destination? A role for advocates by Nancy Roach, Chair & Founder of Fight Colorectal Cancer

Training on the legislative process

call-on congress trainingMost attending the 2013 Call-on Congress do not lobby Congress regularly! That’s why an outstanding team of experts will teach and train our advocates about the in’s and out’s of the system and how to make a difference.

  • Meeting Logistics and Advocacy 101
  • In-depth Review of 2013 Legislative Priorities by Camille Bonta, Fight Colorectal Cancer Policy Expert
    • Discuss our legislative asks/ priorities
    • What are key cost issues and impact of budget cuts
  • Preparing You for the Hill by Christopher Kush, President Soapbox Consulting
  • In-depth Review & Question and Answer by Camille Bonta, Fight Colorectal Cancer Policy Expert
  • How Congress really works: in practice, not in theory by Martin B. Gold, MPA, JD

Discussions to let it all sink in

Experts will lead discussion groups to help attendees process the information and gain further insight:

  • Discussion 1: Understanding the Research Process (Experts:  Andi Dwyer, Project Director for the Colorado Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) and Dan Dixon, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas
  • Goal:  Discuss the current research landscape, cost of research, and the importance of advocacy in colorectal cancer research funding.
  • Discussion 2: Understanding the Legislative Process (Experts: Mary Doroshenk, Director, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Camille Bonta, Fight Colorectal Cancer Policy Expert and Carlea Bauman, President of Fight Colorectal Cancer)
  • Goal: Discuss how to influence elected officials, what are key policy issues, and how can you engage legislative initiatives year around.
  • Discussion 3: How Can You Engage Your Own Networks (Experts: Anjee Davis, VP of Programs for Fight Colorectal Cancer,  Michael Sola, VP of Operations for Fight Colorectal Cancer and Devin James, CEO of Devin James Group)
  • Goal: Discuss how you can promote colorectal cancer education to your networks (community members, medical professionals, etc.)

The United Behind a Cure Congressional Call-In

call-congressOn the final day – Wednesday,  March 20 – we pack our bags and head for the Hill.

Attendees will meet with elected officials – some with lawmakers – to share their experience and push for legislative change.

Call on March 20, 2013

Call on March 20, 2013

The cool thing? EVERYONE can participate to make sure the message is heard!

On Wednesday, March 20, call your representative to voice your support of legislative changes our advocates will talk about – be a part of a national advocacy event . . .

Fun? Of course there’s fun!

Our group is unique – we think talking about colon health and lawmaking is fun!

But, we will also participate in activities like dinners, “Mix & Mingles,” interactive sessions and a Celebration Dinner on the final night to round out the week.

Advocates and congressmen, get ready.

We demand a cure for colorectal cancer and will arrive in DC next week prepared to explain how changes to the law will help our goal.

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