White House Declares March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 2024


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The White House has issued an official presidential proclamation for the year 2024, recognizing the significance of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) applauds President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris for their continued support in the fight against colorectal cancer. On January 16, 2024, a collective effort involving 33 organizations, alongside Fight CRC, reached out to President Biden, advocating for the national recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 2024.

The White House, in partnership with millions of colorectal cancer survivors, caregivers, and advocates from all corners of the nation, comes together to raise awareness about this pressing issue. In an official press release, the administration passionately underscored their recommitment to, “supporting all those helping drive progress against cancer and delivering incredible care to those facing this disease.  We affirm our goal of ending cancer as we know it, once and for all.” 

This March, over 300 colorectal cancer survivors, caregivers, and loved ones will plant over 27,000 flags on the National Mall to represent those who will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the year 2030, a year when colorectal cancer is projected to become the leading cancer killer among those ages 20-49. Fight CRC advocates understand the urgency around this disturbing statistic and are asking members of Congress for more funding for research during Call-on Congress this March. This event serves as a powerful symbol, shedding light on colorectal cancer as a national priority while paying tribute to those engaged in this critical fight. 

"We express our gratitude for the White House's ongoing commitment to bolstering awareness during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month," stated Anjee Davis, President of Fight CRC. "In March, we take pride in uniting with leaders in colorectal cancer screening and dedicated stakeholders, as we advocate for increased screening, funding, research, and most importantly, for the preservation of more lives." 

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month resonates at both local and national levels through the success of Fight CRC's state proclamation campaign. Across the nation, hundreds of CRC survivors, caregivers, and loved ones have passionately submitted proclamations to their respective states, effectively recognizing CRC Awareness Month. Remarkably, nearly all 50 states have now issued state proclamations, under the leadership of their governors. 

Molly McDonnell, Fight CRC Vice President of Advocacy, praised the commitment of colorectal cancer advocates: 

"Year after year, advocates ensure that their states, towns, and local communities across the country are a part of March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This annual campaign continues to grow in size and influence, a testament to the unwavering strength and determination of this community. Colorectal cancer can be prevented if caught early, but one in three people are not up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening. Our annual state proclamation campaign serves as a key opportunity to promote awareness in individual states and communities and garner support for research, screening, and funding." 

As advocates, governors, and the President come together to observe March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 2024, Fight CRC urges individuals, communities, and policymakers to join them in this critical fight. Visit our Advocacy page to act today.  

11 thoughts on “White House Declares March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in 2024

  1. Thank you for all your tireless efforts in getting the importance of CRC screening awareness out! I am a GI nurse & work with 9 wonderful physicians who everyday help people not to get colon cancer. Back in the early 1980s my beautiful mother Lois Miller repeatedly for 2 years sought medical help for her rectal bleeding and was given valium and a pat on the head. She was in her 50s and we lost our mother.

    We know better now. Thank you.

    Sincerely, nurse Bonnie

    1. Thank you so much for you kind comment, Bonnie. We are so very sorry that you lost your beautiful mom far too soon. We certainly know better now. When we know better, we do better. And we’re not going to stop!

  2. I am overjoyed and in tears. Maybe this will be the next phase of hope for those who need it. My mother is a stage IV & stage III colon cancer survivor. I currently have IBS & this will certainly help me for my future. Thank you Mr President. I love your administration <3

    1. Hi Deidra, thank you so much for your comment.

      Please also consider taking action on March 14, if you are unable to join us in D.C. Taking action only takes a few moments, and your action creates a lasting impact in the fight against colorectal cancer. Thank you so much!

  3. Lost a son-in-law at a young age in his 50’s. Leaving my daughter a widow at a young age also. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, everyone suffers as a result of this terrible disease. Get tested and leave the grief behind.

  4. Today I’m working on a presentation for my class entitled, “30 Reasons Why You Should Get Screened For Colorectal Cancer” and I will post it ASAP. I hope to have it completed today. We do not have any more time to waste on this. I was hoping to join you in DC but my studies dictate otherwise. Hopefully next year! As a stage III survivor, I feel it is my duty to share that CRC is 100% treatable as long as you catch it early enough. Get Sh!t done and get screened!

    1. Hi Tamara, thank you for your comment. You will be with us in D.C. in spirit, and we hope to see you next year. Your “30 Reasons Why You Should Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer” presentation sounds amazing.

      Keep creating awareness, and keep getting sh!t done!

      In the meanwhile, we also have action alerts that we would love for you to take on March 14, as the advocates who are in D.C. are meeting with our elected officials. These action alerts only take a few minutes of your time.

      Let’s keep building on this momentum and make March as blue as October is pink.

  5. Thank you for recognizing this terrible disease.
    It runs in my family.
    I am a 3 time survivor and live with the chronic results of chemo and radiation every single day.
    I am very grateful to be alive, it is extremely challenging.
    God bless your acknowledge for those of us who are affected by this.

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