Blue Star States

bluestarstate_web_icons-021-300x300About Blue Star States

Blue Star States is a campaign working to get March recognized as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in EVERY state.

Each year, advocates must submit requests to state governors. Each state has its own unique process. (The same is true for the national proclamation from the president – which we’ve received four years in a row!)

Blue Star States kicked off in 2013. Each year we engage advocates across the US. In March 2018, nearly 300 advocates participated and 47 states recognized March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

 

Instructions

Each state has its own unique process for submitting proclamation requests. Don’t worry though – we did the research for you. Click the link below to begin your participation in Blue Star States 2019.

2019 Progress

See below for the progress on which states have confirmation that requests have been submitted and/or secured! If you have submitted a proclamation or received confirmation your state is secure, please contact usResults as of November 29, 2018.

Alabama: Needs Submission

Alaska: Needs Submission

Arizona: Needs Submission

Arkansas: Needs Submission

California: Needs Submission

Colorado: Needs Submission

Connecticut:  Needs Submission

Delaware:  Needs Submission

Florida: Needs Submission

Georgia: Needs Submission

Hawaii: Needs Submission

Idaho:  Needs Submission

Illinois: Needs Submission

Indiana: Needs Submission

Iowa: Needs Submission

Kansas:   Needs Submission

Kentucky: Needs Submission

Louisiana:  Needs Submission

Maine: Needs Submission

Maryland:   Needs Submission

Massachusetts: Needs Submission

Michigan: Needs Submission

Minnesota: Needs Submission

Mississippi: Needs Submission

Missouri: Needs Submission

Montana: Needs Submission

Nebraska: Needs Submission

Nevada: Needs Submission

New Hampshire: Needs Submission

New Jersey:   Needs Submission

New Mexico: Needs Submission

New York: Needs Submission

North Carolina:  Needs Submission

North Dakota: Needs Submission

Ohio: Needs Submission

Oklahoma: Needs Submission

Oregon: Needs Submission

Pennsylvania: Needs Submission

Rhode Island: Needs Submission

South Carolina: Needs Submission

South Dakota: Needs Submission

Tennessee: Needs Submission

Texas: Needs Submission

Utah:  Needs Submission

Vermont: Needs Submission

Virginia: Needs Submission

Washington: Needs Submission

West Virginia: Needs Submission

Wisconsin: Needs Submission

Wyoming: Needs Submission

D.C.: Needs Submission

Puerto Rico: Needs Submission

Proclamation Photos

  

We love celebrating with you! Advocates submit proclamation pictures and #strongarmselfies to show us their success.

Check out all the 2017 Blue Star States Pictures

In 2019, we encourage you to post a photo with your proclamation using the hashtag #BSS2019!

Change Policy

At Fight CRC, we hang our hats on changing policy with the help of advocates like you.

Advocacy isn’t scary — it’s simply sharing your story with members of Congress to raise awareness of issues that affect colorectal cancer.

Just tell your story — we’ll provide the rest!

Learn more about becoming a colorectal cancer advocate.

Sample State Proclamations!

The following Sample Proclamation language is for use by registered Blue Star States Advocates ONLY. To register and receive instructions about requesting a proclamation in your state, click here.

SAMPLE BLUE STAR STATES PROCLAMATION
(NOTE: copy sections you need from below REPLACING what you see in YELLOW with your state info. Depending on your states requirements you may need to use the following in Webforms, Word or PDF documents. Copy and Paste as required. )

WHEREAS Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. among men and women combined but there is currently no cure;

WHEREAS colorectal cancer affects men and women equally;

WHEREAS every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with colorectal cancer and every 10 minutes someone dies from colorectal cancer;

WHEREAS the national goal established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable is 80 percent of Americans ages 50 and older be screened by the year 2018;

WHEREAS if the majority of people in the United States age 50 or older were screened regularly for colorectal cancer, the death rate from this disease could plummet by up to 70 percent;

WHEREAS it’s critical that all people, of all ages, know the signs and symptoms of the disease; and

WHEREAS observing a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month during the month of March would provide a special opportunity to offer education on the importance of early detection and screening.

NOW THEREFORE, I, [NAME], GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF [STATE NAME], do hereby proclaim March 2018 as: COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of [STATE NAME], in the City of [CITY NAME], this [DAY] of March, 2018.

Blue Star State Map Directions

Directions for Submitting State Proclamation (NOTE: You MUST register first before submitting your proclamation for additional instructions.)

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