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 four years in a row!)
Blue Star States kicked off in 2013. Each year we engage advocates across the US. In March 2019, nearly 400 advocates participated and 45 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. Please come back in November of 2019 for more information.
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 April 8, 2019.
New Hampshire: SECURED
New Jersey: SECURED
New Mexico: submitted
New York: SECURED
North Carolina: SECURED
North Dakota: SECURED
Rhode Island: SECURED
South Carolina: SECURED
South Dakota: SECURED
West Virginia: SECURED
Wyoming: Needs Submission
Puerto Rico: SECURED
Has your state already had a proclamation submitted or secured? Visit the Colon Cancer Coalition’s Beyond the Proclamation website for more information on other ways to raise awareness in March. Engage civic and business leaders and to light landmarks blue in March. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and the importance of screening in every community.
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.
PROCLAMATION – ABBREVIATED
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 one in twenty men and one in twenty-four women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetimes;
WHEREAS there are now more than one million survivors of colorectal cancer in the United States;
WHEREAS the national goal established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable is 80 percent of Americans ages 50 and older be screened in every community;
WHEREAS if the majority of people in the United States age 50 or older were screened regularly for colorectal cancer, half of all cases could be prevented entirely;
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 2019 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, 2019.