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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Alexandria, Va. – Dec. 21, 2015 – Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC)  is proud to announce that Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) is joining Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Congressional Advisory Committee as its sixth honorary member.

“Colorectal cancer is a disease that has affected hundreds of thousands of American families – including mine,” said Rep. McCollum. “Colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In Congress I am working to support a cure for this disease and to advocate for policies that support research, screening, and prevention. I am proud to join Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Congressional Advisory Committee to ensure that important work continues.”

Rep. McCollum joins a bipartisan group of five other committee members who also have ties to the disease:  Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL); Charlie Dent (R-PA); Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA); Leonard Lance (D-NJ); and Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ).

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 one in 20 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight Colorectal Cancer. “For a preventable cancer, this is an unfortunate number and it has impacted so many of us personally. Our Congressional leaders have joined us in the fight against colorectal cancer and we are honored to have Rep. Betty McCollum join our bipartisan group of patient leaders who are willing to raise awareness and push for action on policies that support research and prevention.”

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.

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Press Kit:  Information and background about Fight Colorectal Cancer’s advocacy program. Details and bios of the Congressional Advisory Committee. More Fight CRC news and contact info:  Press Room.

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