Our advocacy leaders are making an impact by changing policy and keeping YOUR VOICE at the center of policy discussions. Here are individuals championing our cause!
Our Congressional Committee provides guidance and staff support for better policies to address screening, awareness, regulatory and research issues related to prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer. The honorary members also foster a greater recognition, support and coordination amongst policy makers and advocacy efforts and lend their voices to advance outreach efforts.
The Congressional Committee is our first stop on Capitol Hill when we see a legislative opportunity or when we face a policy challenge.
It does not mean they will sign on to our request, but they are our first line of potential supporters. (*Remember, some members cannot support legislation due to leadership roles they may hold, but they can be influential behind the scenes.)
The Committee serves as a way to bring together members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to share experiences, exchange ideas and work collaboratively on the challenges faced by colorectal cancer patients. Members on our Committee commit not only their time but their staff’s time to help us think creatively about policy solutions to reduce the negative impacts of colorectal cancer.
Here’s our (current and former) committee members and why they joined:
- Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
- Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
- Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) retired
- Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
- Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)
- Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ)
- Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
- Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN)
Read more: Congressional Committee Refresh
Grassroots Action Committee (GAC)
As we work to change policy, the Grassroots Action Committee (GAC) helps sets the pace by offering insights into our legislative priorities, engaging grassroots advocates and planning our signature event, Call-on Congress. This group of all-star advocates also manages regional grassroots teams, fostering relationships with grassroots advocates in all 50 states.
- Pam Seijo, co-chair, stage IIIc survivor, West Virginia
- Maria Williams, co-chair, caregiver, Washington
- Trish Lannon, secretary, stage IIIc survivor, Maryland
- Lauren Addy, caregiver, South Carolina
- Marsha Baker, caregiver, California
- Chris Ganser, stage III survivor, North Carolina
- Walter Hickman, stage II survivor, Georgia
- Amanda Houston, stage II survivor, North Dakota
- Kristin Keesen, stage III survivor, Colorado
- Chad & Sheila Schrack, caregiver and stage IIIc survivor, Ohio
- John MacLeod, stage IV survivor, Pennsylvania
- Eric Hausmann, caregiver, New Jersey