Pushing the Advocacy Envelope

Fight Colorectal Cancer

Fight Colorectal Cancer’s mission is to raise our voice to empower and activate a community of patients, fighters and champions to push for better policies and to support research, education and awareness for all those touched by this disease.

This March, for National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Fight Colorectal Cancer will be raising awareness that leads to action. Our mission cannot be fulfilled if people are simply aware that colorectal cancer exists. We must spur them to action in order to make a meaningful impact. This action must be tied to personal health advocacy (for example, getting screened), AND to policy and research. When all goals are working in harmony with one another, we save lives.

Each year we launch an awareness effort for March. This year we looked at the staggering rates: 135,430 cases of colorectal cancer and over 50,000 deaths are estimated in 2017. We determined we must get louder. Focus groups and dedicated time spent with survivors and caregivers gave us insight into the life of patients and caregivers. After holding a two-day Fight Colorectal Cancer advocacy training workshop in September, we walked away hearing the stories and sentiments from 25 people that radiated a common theme, “This is Crap,” (to put it lightly).

We knew the survivor voice carried the most power and built awareness around it.

Not only did we use survivor and caregiver stories to create awareness, we married the messages with action. After sharing each person's story, we asked people reading their blogs and watching the videos to sign a petition. The petition urges Congress to make colorectal cancer a national priority by removing barriers to screening and funding medical research.

We are hopeful that this year's envelope-pushing campaign will capture the attention of our policy makers. Our legislative priorities include:

  • Passage of the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (H.R.1017/S.479), which eliminates the possibility of unexpected costs for Medicare beneficiaries who undergo screening.
  • Support for increased funding for innovative medical research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Department of Defense (DoD).
  • Policies that will protect the best interest of patients as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed and replaced.

Read more about our 2017 Legislative Goals.

Keeping the Advocate Voice Heard

For over 12 years we have seen the power of the advocate voice when it comes to awareness, research and policy change. Fight CRC is dedicated to empowering patients to speak up to save lives. 

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Luck shouldn't play a role in why I'm alive.
Laurie MacCaskill, a seven-year pancreatic cancer survivor