In recognition of his long-term contribution to Fight Colorectal Cancer, Alan Balch was made an emeritus member of Fight CRC’s board when he stepped down in September 2016. Alan is the CEO of the Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation, national nonprofit organizations providing the patient voice in improving access to, and reimbursement for, high-quality healthcare through regulatory and legislative reform at the state and federal levels. Prior to this, Alan was the Vice President of the Preventive Health Partnership, a coalition effort of the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. Alan became involved with public health advocacy after losing his grandmother to colorectal cancer in 2003. Alan stepped down as an active board member in Sept 2016.