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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 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!

 

bluestarstat-web-icons-submit-01-300x300Instructions

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!

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

Check out 2017 Blue Star States Pictures

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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.

2018 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 March 1, 2018.

Alabama: SECURED

Alaska: submitted

Arizona: SECURED

Arkansas: SECURED

California: submitted

Colorado: SECURED

Connecticut:  SECURED

Delaware:  SECURED

Florida: SECURED

Georgia: SECURED

Hawaii: SECURED

Idaho:  SECURED

Illinois: SECURED

Indiana: SECURED

Iowa: SECURED

Kansas:   SECURED

Kentucky: SECURED

Louisiana:  SECURED

Maine: need someone to submit

Maryland:   SECURED

Massachusetts: SECURED

Michigan: SECURED

Minnesota: SECURED

Mississippi: SECURED

Missouri: SECURED

Montana: SECURED

Nebraska: SECURED

Nevada: SECURED

New Hampshire: SECURED

New Jersey:   SECURED

New Mexico: SECURED

New York: SECURED

North Carolina:  SECURED

North Dakota: SECURED

Ohio: SECURED

Oklahoma: SECURED

Oregon: SECURED

Pennsylvania: SECURED

Rhode Island: SECURED

South Carolina: SECURED

South Dakota: SECURED

Tennessee: SECURED

Texas: SECURED

Utah:  SECURED

Vermont: SECURED

Virginia: SECURED

Washington: SECURED

West Virginia: SECURED

Wisconsin: SECURED

Wyoming: SECURED

D.C.: SECURED

Puerto Rico: SECURED

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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