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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!

Jelena Tompkins hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Fight CRC had some questions for Jelena about her experience as Fight CRC Ambassador:

Q: What is your connection to CRC?

A: I am a patient/survivor.

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

A: Being an Ambassador means that I am doing my best to share my story of being diagnosed with CRC at a young age. It also means I am encouraging others to be advocates and am sharing how Fight CRC can be a helpful resource for those that are newly diagnosed.

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

A: I wanted my story to be told to more people, to show that young people are being diagnosed with this disease, and to connect with other survivors and CRC advocates.

Q: What have you learned during your introductory Ambassador year?

A: I have learned to be more comfortable talking to media about my story and I have learned new ideas on how to raise money for Fight CRC.

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: The most exciting part for me was seeing my face in Times Square.

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

A: My favorite thing about being an Ambassador is being able to work with the Fight CRC team to advocate and spread awareness for CRC.

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

A: I feel more confident in sharing my story and interacting with others in general.

Q: Would you recommend getting involved with Fight CRC to others? Why or why not?

A: Yes, it's a great way to have your voice and story amplified through awareness campaigns and through purposeful advocacy.

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

A: Finding a cure for those that are dealing with this disease and so my daughter doesn't have to deal with this disease motivates 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: Do your research on the treatments available for your stage and connect with others (either online or in local groups) that have also been diagnosed. Knowing what you're up against and having a group of others to lean on that are going through the same thing is priceless and could save your life.

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

A:  I will continue to attend Call-on Congress annually, participate in the Climb for a Cure, post a lot on social media during March for CRC awareness month, continue creating videos on CRC for my YouTube channel, and continue to support my fellow Ambassadors in their efforts.

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

Climb for a Cure 2021

August 22nd, 2021 - August 22nd, 2021

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