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A Letter to the President

Posted on December 16, 2013

Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting he issue a presidential proclamation designating March 2014 National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. 146 members of Congress signed onto the letter in support of Rep. Payne, Jr.’s efforts.

Earlier this year, Rep. Payne, Jr. introduced House Resolution 69 designating March 2013 as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Check out the letter to President Obama below & find out how you can get involved with turning your state blue. Read more

Patient Tips: Eat, Drink & Be Merry This Holiday Season

Posted on December 12, 2013

‘Tis the season for eating. From office parties to family dinners to get-togethers with friends, the holidays are a festive time of year celebrated with food and drink. But while everyone else is feeling merry and bright, you may be feeling both emotionally and physically drained from your cancer treatment, especially if you’re suffering from side effects interfering with your appetite and ability to eat.

Don’t be discouraged. Caryn Huneke from Meals to Heal has some great tips to help you cope with your side effects and manage all of the wining and dining you deserve this holiday season. Read more

10 Takeaways: The Future of Cancer Survivorship

Posted on December 10, 2013

Through their work with legislators and policymakers, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) works to improve the quality of care and quality of life after diagnosis for the nearly 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. Our very own Dr. Laura Porter attended the Coalition’s recent biannual roundtable. See where the future of survivorship is headed from her top 10 takeaways. Read more

Hero of the Month: Penny Paul

Posted on December 9, 2013

Penny Paul is a Community Health Education Specialist for the City-County Health Department in Great Falls, Montana. On any given day, you might find her doing research, developing awareness materials and ideas for her sites to distribute or brainstorming how to make each of her health campaigns bigger and better than the last. She is a constant resource for cancer prevention and wellness information. And lucky for us, nearly four years ago Penny got involved with National Dress in Blue Day. Since then, her local footprint has only continued to grow. Her passion and dedication to saving lives and creating change is invaluable, unstoppable and truly contagious. (The polyp suit says it all, right?) Read more

Update: 6 States are Now Blue Star States

Posted on December 8, 2013

It’s been an awesome month in colon cancer advocacy! Thanks to the colon cancer community, and especially Fight Colorectal Cancer, the Blue Star States campaign kicked off with great success in its first month!

To-date, six states already declared March 2014 as Colon Cancer Awareness Month. The governor of Nebraska is on board and waiting to sign the proclamation in February. And many other states have already received requests thanks to hard-working, dedicated advocates!

Here’s a quick rundown on where we stand. We’re making GREAT progress and hope to see the entire map fill up with blue stars in just a few months! Read more