During this year’s Call-on Congress, Fight Colorectal Cancer honored five outstanding individuals who have made a tremendous impact on the fight against colorectal cancer.

Community Advocate Award –  Candace Henley, Chad & Sheila Schrack

The Community Advocate Award was created to highlight inspiring work to increase awareness, inspire others, and push for better policies.

Henley has worked tirelessly to bring awareness to colorectal cancer screening and prevention, focusing on minorities and underserved communities. A CRC survivor herself, Henley was chosen as the recipient for this year’s award for her unwavering commitment to advocacy.

The Schracks have been paying it forward since receiving a scholarship to attend Call-on Congress in 2013. In addition to hosting an annual fundraiser to provide scholarships for first-time attendees, the Schracks have served on the Grassroots Action Committee for 3 years. They also raise awareness nationwide through their friendship with actor Luke Perry.

Former recipients include Eric Hausmann, Tom Foeller, and Bunny Terry.


Andrew Giusti Memorial Awards – Florence Kurtilla & Elaine Newcomb

This award honors those who push for great science that will translate to patient benefits as quickly as possible, which is something Giusti was passionate about.

Kurtilla and Newcomb were the chosen honorees this year due to their contributions to research and commitment to learning and engaging the research community. They have spent countless volunteer hours to improve the quality of life for patients.

Both of them have made a significant difference in research advocacy. Through their friendship, they have proven that advocates who share a cause and a personal connection are stronger together.

They join former awardees, Andrea Kramer, Dan Dixon, and Tom Marsilje.

Champion on the Hill Award – Thomas Saunders

Support on the Hill is essential in the fight against CRC. The Champion on the Hill award is presented for outstanding leadership on Capitol Hill in service to colorectal cancer advocates, and for efforts to raise awareness and push for policies that affect access to care and screening.

Saunders has been a dedicated volunteer and supporter of Fight CRC and we thank him. He is the prime example of a leader who demonstrates excellence in carrying out our shared mission to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and to push for better policies that affect access to care and screening.

He joins former HHS Director Dr. Howard Koh, our 2014 award recipient.

Appreciation Award – Alan Balch, PhD
Balch received this award for his service as founding vice chair and board member from 2005 to 2016.
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