The year 2020 will be memorable for all of us, but at Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC), we had the pleasure of welcoming a new class of Fight CRC Ambassadors.

Despite all of the difficulties of 2020, especially with Stay-at-Home orders and social distancing, our Ambassadors found creative and interesting ways to get their messages into the world and to share their mission, which also is our mission: We FIGHT to cure CRC and serve as relentless champions of hope for all affected by this disease through informed patient support, impactful policy change, and breakthrough research endeavors.

We are thankful to our Ambassadors as they finish out their introductory Ambassador year!

Carmen Fong hails from New York, New York. Fight CRC had some questions for Carmen about her experience as Fight CRC Ambassador:

Q: What is your connection to CRC?

A:  I am a medical professional.

Q: What does being a Fight CRC Ambassador mean to you?

A: Being an ambassador means having a platform to share patients' experiences and come together with like-minded individuals to do some good.

Q: What compelled you to apply to be a Fight CRC Ambassador?

A: The amazing social media campaign and resources that Fight CRC has compelled me to become a Fight CRC Ambassador.

Q: What have you learned during your Ambassador year?

A: I've learned what it takes to be a caregiver and a survivor by listening to other Ambassador stories.

Q: This year, our Ambassador stories reached millions! From being featured in Fight CRC communications, Times Square, and local media, your face has been everywhere. What was the most exciting part for you?

A: Times Square was the most exciting part for me.

Q: What's your FAVORITE thing about being an Ambassador?

A: I loved meeting the Fight CRC behind-the-scenes team.

Q:  Have you noticed growth within yourself over the past year?

A: Yes, I think I am better versed in understanding policy and how it affects health care.

Q: What motivates you to advocate for the CRC community?

A: My patients are what motivate me to advocate for the CRC community.

Q: What advice do you have for those who recently have been diagnosed or who have loved ones who recently have been diagnosed?

A: It might be scary right now, but know that a lot of people are rooting for you, and a lot of people have been where you are and made it through, so you can too.

Q: How will you continue your efforts beyond the close of your introductory Ambassador year?

A: I will continue to work on my research, participate in EAO conferences and the health equity committee, and hopefully continue to be a part of the change that Fight CRC is making!

Fight CRC is grateful for the support of Carmen and the 2020-2021 Fight CRC Ambassadors as they continue to serve as relentless champions of hope!