Blue Star States
About 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 three years in a row!)
Blue Star States kicked off in 2013. Each year we engage advocates across the US. In March 2017, nearly 300 advocates participated and 47 states recognized March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!
Each state has its own unique process for submitting proclamation requests. Don’t worry though – we did the research for you. Register to receive your Blue Star State instructions!
We love celebrating with you! Advocates submit proclamation pictures and #strongarmselfies to show us their success.Check out 2017 Blue Star States Pictures
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.
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 us. Results as of February 9, 2018.
Alaska: need someone to submit
California: need someone to submit
Maine: need someone to submit
New Hampshire: SECURED
New Jersey: submitted
New Mexico: need someone to submit
New York: SECURED
North Carolina: need someone to submit
North Dakota: SECURED
Rhode Island: submitted
South Carolina: submitted
South Dakota: SECURED
Utah: need someone to submit
Vermont: need someone to submit
West Virginia: SECURED
Puerto Rico: submitted
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.
Directions for Submitting State Proclamation (NOTE: You MUST register first before submitting your proclamation for additional instructions.)