Fight CRC
September 2013
Advocate Marcia Mullins distributing CRC gear at Marshall University's Rec Fest
Laboring For a Cure...   

Labor Day weekend is a favorite among most workers in the U.S. A day off to catch our breath and take a break is often much-needed.


At Fight Colorectal Cancer, we labor on behalf of colorectal cancer patients each day. Our advocates are constantly in labs, congressional offices, street fairs and even hair shows. We work to spread the word about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, research and policy.


It is a privilege to labor for such a great cause that impacts so many families in the U.S. And while we might take a brief break for rest on Monday, be assured that we'll be right back at it on Tuesday, fighting for a cure.


Please enjoy this update from our team.







Fight Colorectal Cancer advocates know the power of a grassroots movement. Most who attend Call-on Congress are not lobbyists. They're family members, business owners, retirees and others who live in communities across America.


Knowing that there are more grassroots advocates out there, Fight Colorectal Cancer is excited to launch a new initiative this fall - Town Hall Meetings.


Town Hall Meetings take the power of March's Call-on Congress in Washington DC and bring it to each community.


At each Town Hall Meeting, Fight Colorectal Cancer staff will explain advocacy and how our legislative priorities impact colorectal cancer patients. We will empower our grassroots supporters through networking and story sharing.


We're excited to pilot our first Town Hall Meeting in Kansas City on Oct. 7, 2013 and thankful for our sponsor, Genomic Health.


To host a future Town Hall Meeting in your city, please contact Emily!


Champions for Coverage

Fight Colorectal Cancer:  A Champion for Coverage
Learn about the NEW Healthcare Marketplace opening Oct. 1
Fight Colorectal Cancer is a proud Champion for Coverage for the new healthcare Marketplace rolling out Oct. 1. We are here to explain how to get coverage, how the new Marketplace works and how the new health insurance exchanges impact colorectal cancer.
Over the next few months, we will also be de-bunking myths and sharing the facts about how the new health exchanges will really work on our community blog
Stay tuned for more information as the Marketplace launch date gets nearer. In the meantime, please contact our Answer Line
if you have specific questions; we will help inform you and point you in the right direction for one-on-one assistance.


Colorado Congressman Tours CRC Research Lab


We love it when two of our passions collide:  research AND politics. It's what got us into colorectal cancer advocacy in the first place! 


(From L to R) Dr. Chris Lieu, Dr. Gail Eckhardt, Rep. Mike Coffman and Advocate Kristin Keesen


In late August, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) met with colorectal cancer researcher Dr. Gail Eckhardt and her team, as well as our advocate Kristin Keesen, to tour the lab hosting several projects funded by National Institute of Health (NIH). Dr. Eckhardt's team presented the different types of therapies already discovered, and new therapies in the works thanks to federal funding of medical research.


The team explained the value and importance of research to Rep. Coffman, showing him how medical research funding generates jobs as well as lengthens and saves lives. The team communicated that sequestration puts the research he witnessed first-hand at risk.


The team reported that the meeting went well and the congressman and his staff inquired about opportunities to help moving forward.


We celebrate with our Colorado-based advocates and researchers! Thank you for showing the importance of our cause!


P.S.  If you want to know more about Dr. Eckhardt's work, join our "Pathways & Targets" webinar in a few weeks where she'll be leading the discussion.




Where do you find a prime audience ready to have fun, take some strong arm pics and GO BLUE for colorectal cancer awareness?


Why, a HAIR SHOW of course!


Our VP of Programs, Anjee Davis, found some awesome BLUE fashion statements at the Bronner Bros. show in Atlanta! 


Fight Colorectal Cancer teamed up with the Profile Barber Institute to exhibit at one of the largest hair shows in the country - the Bronner Bros. hair show in Atlanta, GA!


We met amazing barbers and stylists who became aware of colon and rectal cancer, some who pledged to learn more about it, get screened and talk to their families to learn about their family history.


A big thanks to several individuals and volunteers who made our booth possible:

  • Rodrick Samuels, owner of Profile Barber Institute
  • Colondar models Tonya Floyd and Suzie Hill from The Colon Club 
  • Kendra Mcbride (and her daughter) from the Center for Colon Cancer Research at the University of South Carolina
  • Gernelle "Gigi" Lewis, an Atlanta-based volunteer who lost her father to colorectal cancer earlier this year. 


Check out our blog post recap to learn more about what we learned from our Atlanta event and head over to FightCRC on Instagram to view pictures from our booth!

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Upcoming Webinar
Pathways and Targets
Why some drugs work and others don't ... and the difference between targeted therapies and chemotherapy.
Wed., Sept. 18, 2013 
8 - 9:30 PM EDT


Congressman Donald M.  Payne, Jr.  Champions Colorectal Cancer
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. Champions Colorectal Cancer
In March at the 2013 Call-on Congress we interviewed Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) and listened to his story about losing his dad to colorectal cancer.
Rep. Payne, Jr. has pledged to do whatever he can to support colorectal cancer advocates on the Hill.
Watch, Like & Share
our video to spread the word!

Where's The Fight?

Sept. 6-7
The annual Steve Mayberry Memorial Cookoff in Carrollton, TX is a finger-licking good time ... and all for a good cause! Learn more about this fundraiser that donates all proceeds to Fight Colorectal Cancer.
Washington, DC
Sept. 17-18
We're joining other advocates at the Rally for Medical Research, hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).  Interested in attending?Contact Emily.  


Columbia, SC
Sept. 19
The Center for Colon Cancer Research is hosting a Legislative Educational Briefing on Preventing Colon Cancer in South Carolina: Saving Lives & Money. Contact Emily for details if you'd like to attend.
Sept. 24
Kim Ryan will be presenting at the Clinical Genomics for Cancer Diagnostics meeting and delivering a message on the patient perspective. Interested in attending? Learn more here & use the special promo code "FCC200" for a discount.
New York City
Sept. 28
We'll be at the OMG2013 east/nyc Stupid Cancer event in New York City meeting other young survivors and representing colorectal cancer. 
Kansas City
Oct. 6-7
We're headed to the Midwest for another photo shoot this year and to pilot our Town Hall Meeting. 
Apply today for our Casting Call on Sun., Oct. 6. and email Emily if you'd like to join us for the Town Hall Meeting on Mon., Oct. 7 at Gilda's Club Kansas City.




2014 Call-on Congress
Washington DC
March 16-18
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  Advocate Josh Wimberly and Rep. Charlie Dent
Fight Colorectal Cancer proudly nominated Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA) for One Voice  
Against Cancer's (OVAC)'s 2013 Congressional Cancer Champion Award (which he received in July.)
Rep. Dent demonstrated exemplary leadership in the fight against colorectal cancer (and cancer funding in general) both nationally and at home in his district.
We are proud to have nominated Rep. Dent for this award!



We're looking for male survivors of stage II or stage III colon cancer who live in the U.S. to participate in a study.

This is NOT a clinical trial. There is NO medical treatment involved. You'll be compensated $75 for your time.
See if you meet eligibility requirements and sign up for the study. 


The CDC is looking the following individuals in the U.S. to be featured in a new anti-smoking campaign.

- Survivor age 40-65 who had colorectal cancer that was linked to cigarette smoking.

- Family member who lost a loved one due to smoking.

If you meet the criteria and are interested, please contact Danielle.

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Thank you,

Carlea Bauman
President of Fight Colorectal Cancer

Fight Colorectal Cancer demands a cure for colon and rectal cancer. We educate and support patients and caregivers, push for changes in policy that will increase and improve research, and empower survivors to raise their voices against the status quo.
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