Today, the White House issued a signed proclamation by President Barack Obama recognizing March 2014 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Read the Official Press Release from the White House

In December 2013, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) authored and sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting he issue a presidential proclamation designating March 2014 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

One-hundred and forty-six members of Congress signed onto the letter in support of Rep. Payne, Jr.’s efforts to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. It has been over a decade since colorectal cancer has had a presidential proclamation.

We thank Congressman Payne for his unwavering leadership and support to raise awareness about colorectal cancer prevention and survivorship.

Our efforts have not gone unnoticed! Today, our highest office – the President of the United States – brings national attention to our fight, remembering those who lost their lives to colorectal cancer and honoring those who battle it now. The proclamation offers support to everyone in the fight against colon and rectal cancer and spotlights the importance of prevention and early detection.

What a magnificent way to kick off this month!

Fight Colorectal Cancer also authored a follow-up letter to Rep. Payne Jr.’s letter co-signed by many organizations in the colorectal cancer community, requesting this proclamation by President Obama. Thank you to our partners in the fight and our advocates for making this goal a reality!

Today we make HISTORY. Colorectal cancer just received NATIONAL ATTENTION from the White House.

Let’s celebrate!

Watch Rep. Donald Payne, Jr.’s video & encouragement to our advocates

THANK Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. on Twitter

THANK President Barack Obama on Twitter


Read the official White House press release

Read Rep. Payne’s response to the proclamation

Read Fight Colorectal Cancer’s press release thanking the president for this designation

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