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Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) has launched the 2017 Blue Star States campaign that’s requesting proclamations from all 50 states to recognize March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The nonprofit will work with actively engaged grassroots advocates around the country to get nationwide attention for the country’s second-leading cause of cancer deaths: colorectal cancer. Multiple advocates from all 50 states are needed to make the campaign a success.

“We work with advocates to get state proclamations because it’s a great way to raise awareness of a cause within a state and train advocates on working with elected officials on a local level,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight CRC.

This is the fourth year of Fight CRC’s proclamation campaign. Since its inception, advocates in all 50 states have submitted requests each year and up to 96 percent of states have issued proclamations in response. Each state’s submission process is unique. Fight CRC offers step-by-step instructions tailored to each state for advocates willing to participate.

“Fight CRC creates the tools advocates need to be effective,” said Emily Piekut, advocacy manager. “When advocates are ready to help, we send them sample letters and proclamation language as well as the links, phone numbers and contacts for their individual states – we make it easy!”

In addition to cultivating its advocate community, several partners have linked arms with Fight CRC to ensure the movement is widespread. The following organizations will also be sharing about the campaign and working to get statewide advocates engaged in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

  • ACS CAN
  • AliveandKickn
  • Colon Cancer Alliance
  • Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation
  • Colon Cancer Prevention Project
  • Colon Cancer Coalition
  • Michael’s Mission
  • Raymond Foundation
  • Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA)
  • YES Beat Liver Tumors

As corporate organizations dedicated to the cause, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Genentech are sponsoring the campaign.

Fight CRC launched Blue Star States in 2013 to engage hundreds of advocates across the country in local advocacy by submitting proclamation requests from state governors. Since its inception, advocates in all 50 states have gotten involved each year and proclamations have been issued in 96 percent of the states. Additionally, the local advocacy efforts have generated national support. For many years both the House and Senate have issued proclamations recognizing March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month along with the White House, which issued national proclamations in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

To get involved and submit a 2017 proclamation request, visit BlueStarStates.org. To be engaged in policy change year-round, sign up to be an advocate.

About Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. among men and women combined but there is currently no cure. The cancer can be prevented with screening, and it’s 90 percent curable if caught early. It’s estimated that there will be 137,000 cases and 50,000 deaths each year. One in 20 people will be diagnosed.

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 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. Join us at FightCRC.org.

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