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Call-on Congress

Congress needs to prioritize colorectal cancer right now. By 2030, colorectal cancer is estimated to become the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for people under age 50.

March 10-12, 2024 Washington D.C.

Call-on Congress is an event where colon and rectal cancer survivors, caregivers, and loved ones from all over the U.S. unite to make their voices heard in Washington, D.C. We demand that policymakers act. We can’t afford to wait, lives are at stake today. What once was enough, no longer is. We need to fight for more.

Day of Action: March 12 

Join us on March 12 to make a difference from anywhere! It’s time to #PrioritizeCRC because time is running out. Recent data from the American Cancer Society reveals that colorectal cancer is now the top cancer killer for men under 50 and the second for women under 50, following breast cancer. We won’t rest until our voices are heard and policies for colorectal cancer are prioritized! Join the conversation online using #PrioritizeCRC and #StrongArmSelfie, and tag @FightCRC.  

Take action now using the links below! 

Take Action

Watch the Rally Live  

Tune in LIVE on March 12 at 8 am ET for the United in Blue Rally! Join us as we hear from keynote speakers Rep. Donald Payne Jr. and Rep. Mark Green, CRC Caucus Leaders, along with caregiver and artist Simone Ledward Boseman.  

Agenda

United in Blue Volunteer Day Kick-Off

Join in our short program with a few speakers starting off our day with good vibes and positive energy.

8:30am

National Mall

Place Flags at United in Blue (Optional)

Click here to volunteer to place flags at United in Blue

Grab your free Fight CRC volunteer shirt in DC and join us for a meaningful day as we unite together to raise awareness and advocate for colorectal cancer!

9am – 5pm

National Mall

Call-on Congress Check-in

Receive your name tag and swag bag. 

8am – 2pm

Holiday Inn

Jr Advocate meet up (optional)

Time for ages 7 – 17 to join together, talk about advocacy and share their experiences.

10am – 12pm

Holiday Inn

Call-on Congress Kick-Off & Fight CRC Resource Expo

Connect with advocacy partners and advocates who share your passion and vision, fostering collaborations that make a real change.

2pm – 5pm

Holiday Inn

Mix and Mingle

Take the opportunity to find familiar faces and seek out new ones as well! 

5pm – 6:30pm

Holiday Inn

Dinner with State Team

After meeting virtually, now’s the time to sit down as a united group and forge deeper connections in person as you prepare to create meaningful policy change together. 

6:30pm – 8pm

Holiday Inn

Breakfast

Sit with your State Team or find friends that you typically get to see only online and enjoy catching up face to face 

7am – 9am

Holiday Inn

Advocacy 101 & Policy Asks Refresher

Immerse yourself in a learning experience where guest speakers, sharing personal stories and experiences, will equip you for impactful Hill meetings.

9am – 12pm

Holiday Inn

Lunch

Enjoy another opportunity to reconnect or bond for the first time with fellow advocates who understand what you’ve been through in a way no one else does.

12pm – 1:30pm

Holiday Inn

How to Have a Successful Meeting with Your Member of Congress

Learn the art of effective advocacy as we provide invaluable insights on engaging with your Member of Congress.

1:30pm – 4:30pm

Holiday Inn

Celebration Dinner

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Holiday Inn

Breakfast

Enjoy your last chance to break bread with your fellow advocate friends. 

6am – 7:30am

Holiday Inn

Rally at United in Blue

Grab a sign and a pompom to cheer on out speakers who stand relentlessly with us in the fight against colorectal cancer at the United in Blue Flag Installation!

Congressional Meetings

Go Time: We’ve been preparing for months, a now’s your chance to tell your story to your member of Congress requesting their support.

10am – 4pm

United States Capitol

Closing Ceremony

Now that the rally is over and your day of meetings is complete, we invite you to join us for the Closing Ceremony as we celebrate together and formally closeout Call-on Congress 2024.


Scholarship Information

We believe in the power of diverse voices. If you’re passionate about making a difference but financial constraints are holding you back, our Call-on Congress Scholarships are here to help. Thank You to Our Scholarship Donors – Daniel Bloomgarden Family and Colon Cancer Coalition for providing scholarships for families and individuals. Scholarships closed on November 30.


Frequently Asked Questions

 
If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Olivia Henswel, olivia@fightcrc.org. 

When should I arrive in D.C.?

If you plan to volunteer to plant flags for United in Blue on Saturday, March 9, you should arrive either the evening of Friday, March 8 or early on March 9. Everyone is welcome to join us and come early and place flags!

If you are planning only to attend Call-on Congress, you should plan to arrive no later than noon on Sunday, March 10. Events will begin at 2pm on Sunday, March 10.

What airport should I fly into?

The closest airport to the hotel and event is Reagan National (DCA). You can also find flights into Baltimore (BWI) and Dulles International (IAD) airports; both are about a 45 to 60 minute drive from outside of the city. 

Which hotel are we staying at?

Fight CRC will host all trainings, meetings and meals at the Holiday Inn Washington CapitolNational Mall. The hotel is located between the National Mall and the Capitol, at 550 C St SW, Washington, D.C. 20024.

Will Call-on Congress be child friendly?

Yes. We welcome advocates ages 7 to 17 to join us for our Junior Advocate Breakout Session on Sunday, March 10, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the hotel. Our junior advocates are encouraged to join for congressional meetings as well.

How do I volunteer to help set up the United in Blue installation?

If you would like to volunteer to place flags for United in Blue on Saturday, March 9, please fill out the volunteer form 

How will I travel around the city? Do I need to arrange my own transportation?

Fight CRC will have transportation arranged to take advocates from the hotel to the National Mall and the Capitol on Tuesday, March 12. You are responsible for transportation to and from the airport or train station. Metro, bus, taxi, and rideshare are all available. There are also many restaurants and shops within walking distance of the hotel.

Which events will I be able to attend in Washington, D.C.?

 

  • March 9: Volunteer Day (optional)– Placing flags at the National Mall
  • March 10: Call-on Congress
    • Call-on Congress Kick-Off & Fight CRC Resource Expo
    • Mix & Mingle
    • Dinner with State Team
  • March 11: Call-on Congress
    • Advocacy Training & Policy Asks Refresher
    • Celebration Dinner
  • March 12: Call-on Congress
    • Breakfast
    • Rally at the United in Blue Installation
    • Congressional Meetings
    • Call-on Congress Closing Ceremony
Will there be advocacy training to prepare me for Hill meetings?

Yes. Fight CRC has virtual advocacy training through Community of Champions and it is recommended that you complete that before coming to Washington, DC. We will also host a webinar on February 12 to go over everything you need to know. If you cannot make that webinar it will be recorded and shared afterwards. Advocates will have access to training materials online and will have an experienced mentor to help guide them through the process.

What meals will be provided?

 

  • March 10
    • Dinner
  • March 11: Call-on Congress
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • March 12: Call-on Congress
    • Breakfast
Does my registration include a meeting with my member of Congress?

Yes. All registration packages include meetings with members of Congress from your state. We take care of the scheduling and will provide you with your schedule about a week before.

Will I be able to purchase Fight CRC gear?

Yes. In-person registration comes with exclusive Fight CRC gear, and you will have the opportunity to shop for more swag at our pop-up store located in the hotel.


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