Congressman, the husband of a young-onset survivor, joins Fight CRC political advisory committee.
Alexandria, Va. – July 13, 2015 – Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) is joining Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Congressional Advisory Committee as its fifth honorary member.
“I am honored to join this advisory committee on behalf of my wife, Shannon, who was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 26, my kids, Toryn, Clark, and Griffin, who could inherit this same form of colon cancer, and the hundreds of thousands of people who are diagnosed each year,” said Davis. “This advisory committee will help us promote policies that encourage early detection through screenings and tests and support critical research that may one day lead to a cure.”
Rep. Davis joins a bipartisan group of four other committee members who also have ties to the disease: Reps. Charlie Dent (R-PA); Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ); Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Leonard Lance (D-NJ).
Meet the Congressional Advisory Committee.
As part of the Congressional Advisory Committee, the members provide guidance and staff support for better policies to address screening, awareness, regulatory and research issues related to prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer. The honorary members foster a greater recognition, support and coordination amongst policy makers and advocacy efforts and lend their voices to advance outreach efforts.
“We know that 1 in 20 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and statistically speaking that impacts several of our members of Congress,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight CRC. “We’re glad to have Rep. Davis fighting alongside of us in support of his wife. Prevention of colorectal cancer is a bipartisan cause and we are grateful to have champions in Congress who are passionate about prevention, research and access to treatment for patients fighting this disease.”
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. Join us at FightCRC.org.