American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) awards Fight CRC’s Nancy Roach for outstanding work in colorectal cancer advocacy 17ASCRS 2015-3861 (1)Alexandria, Va. – June 29, 2015 –Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) Founder and Chair of the Board Nancy Roach accepted the prestigious Jagelman award from the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) for Fight Colorectal Cancer’s outstanding work in advocacy and awareness on May 31, 2015. The award recognizes individuals or organizations for outstanding work in advocacy for colorectal cancer. The award is named after widely admired Dr. David Jagelman, a dedicated surgeon also known as a patient advocate who founded and directed the Cleveland Clinic’s Familial Polyposis Registry and served as chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Winners of the award display the same commitment, care and pioneering spirit of Dr. David Jagelman, a ASCRS member.
“Each year the ASCRS selects one person or organization that has done outstanding work in advocating for patients with colorectal cancer," said Dr. Roberta Muldoon, Chairman of the Public Relations Committee of the ASCRS. "Ms. Roach and the Fight CRC organization clearly stood out this year and they are well deserving of this award. Their determination, energy and creative ideas have made significant advances in our quest to raise awareness and eradicate this disease."
1ASCRS 2015-3815 (1)Roach accepted the award on behalf of Fight CRC, an organization she founded in 2005 to ensure patient voices were represented when decisions were made about health care policy, educational efforts and research committees. For the last 15 years, she has been a powerful voice for patients using her experience in research advocacy to start the Fight Colorectal Cancer Research Advocacy Training and Support program (RATS) which mentors lay patients / caregivers and provides opportunities for them to meaningfully engage in the research process. She brings the patient perspective to the table in committees such as the NCI Clinical Trials Advisory Committee and the Clinical Trial Transformation Initiative, and in forums such as the Institute of Medicine forum on Large Simple Trials and the Sensible Guidelines for Clinical Trials meetings.
"I believe in raising our voices to push for better policies, better treatment and screening options and more research support,” said Roach. “We share a commitment with ASCRS in helping patients and inspiring them to hope for a cure. ASCRS plays a critical role in the lives of patients and their families. We are truly honored by this award."
In 2012, Fight Colorectal Cancer launched the coast-to-coast, award-winning awareness campaign One Million Strong. In three short years, the campaign has reached millions of people, with the 2015 campaign reaching over 57 million alone. The campaign celebrates survivorship and encourages individuals who’ve been impacted to get involved and use their voice to help others prevent the disease. The organization stands united in the belief that the CRC community can eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem if everyone comes together, shares stories uses voices and gets behind a cure. For more information about ASCRS, visit For more information about Fight CRC, visit About Fight Colorectal Cancer Fight Colorectal Cancer is a community of activists who find it unacceptable that colorectal cancer - a preventable disease - is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. In 2005, we were founded by survivors and family members who believed in making a difference. Since then we have grown to be a leading, national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. known for our advocacy. Our team plays an important role in making medical information practical for survivors and their families and provides trusted resources that guide patients from diagnosis through survivorship. We unite the colorectal cancer community by empowering anyone impacted by this disease to share their story, advocate for better policies and get involved in the research process. We are one million strong and we won't stop fighting until there's a cure.

2 thoughts on “Fight CRC Founder Receives Prestigious Jagelman Award

  1. As a Stage 3 survivor of both peritoneal and rectal cancers, I too find, increased public awareness is imperative to decreasing the statistics of this preventable disease. Not only as a Cancer patient, but as a Nurse, I was frustrated at the lack of information and education given to me. I felt I had to fight these Cancers on my own. There is not enough public awareness in preventing Colon Cancers or what to expect or how to handle this type of Cancer. A patient goes through not only emotional changes, but also faces changes from the side effects of colon surgery, diet changes, pain mngmnt, bowel mngmnt. Knowledge is power!

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