Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) announced today four top leaders who’ve accepted roles on key committees within the organization.
Ron Doornink joins the Fight CRC board of directors to provide strategic guidance and vision to the organization. Doornink currently serves on the board of two companies: as chairman of Turtle Beach, a provider of headsets for gaming devices, and as director of Stella & Chewy’s, a provider of all-natural freeze dried and frozen raw pet food. He is also an operating partner with Stripes Group, a private investment firm. Previously, Doornink served as a member of the board of overseers of Columbia Business School. For him, the fight against colorectal cancer is deeply personal, having lost both his sister and her husband to the disease when they were in their prime, cruelly leaving behind their two young children to grow up without parents in their lives.
“So many of us who are hurt by this cancer are looking for a way to fight back and Fight CRC serves as the amplifier of this energy to lead the fight and eliminate this disease once and for all,” said Doornink.
U.S. representative Dr. Phil Roe serves Tennessee’s 1st district in the House and has joined Fight CRC’s Congressional Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC works with the Fight CRC policy team to introduce legislation that keeps colorectal cancer a priority and puts patients first. He joins to honor his late wife, who passed from colorectal cancer. Roe explains:
“I know firsthand what colorectal cancer can do to a family. In 2015, I lost my wife Pam to this disease, and it was a devastating time for my family and me. I’m proud to join Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Congressional Advisory Committee to bring awareness to the importance of preventive screenings for colorectal cancer and support efforts being made toward finding a cure.”
Dr. Harvey Murff is a practicing physician and researcher joining the Fight CRC Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Murff currently serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health at Vanderbilt University and is a practicing General Internist at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville Veterans Affairs Hospital. He will serve amongst a group of medical experts who review content to ensure patient education and research information shared by Fight CRC is accurate and credible.
“Having been a primary care doctor and cancer prevention researcher for over 15 years, I am excited to have the opportunity to make an impact on a larger audience through the outstanding work of Fight CRC,” said Murff. I hope to contribute towards Fight CRC’s mission to advocate for research and education on preventive measures for both recurrence and primary CRCs.”
John MacLeod is a stage IV survivor and Fight CRC Ambassador who is joining the Grassroots Action Committee (GAC). The GAC is a committee of survivors, caregivers and loved ones who provide insights into Fight CRC’s legislative priorities, mentor the grassroots advocates and plan Call-on Congress.
“I am so humbled to be invited to join the dedicated GAC members in their important work,” said MacLeod. “Together we will fight for awareness, education, funding and a cure for colorectal cancer. We will end the suffering of so many hurt by these terrible diseases!”
All four individuals will begin their terms in 2017.
To learn more about the leaders and leadership committees at Fight CRC, visit Our Team.