This March, Turn Your Talk into Action
I it’s not accompanied by some kind o action,
is just anotherour-letter word.Tat’s the view o C3:Colorectal CancerCoalition (C3). Anurgent call to action ispart o our vision, mis-sion and day-to-day operations.During March, Colorectal Cancer AwarenessMonth, taking action—as opposed to justtalking—is even more important.
What kind of action?
: when colorectalcancer advocates join together, walk upthe steps o the United States Capitol anddemand that our government take actionagainst colorectal cancer.
: when each andevery person touched by colorectal cancer learns that his or her voice makes a di-erence, whether the voice is a patientasking questions o his or her doctor or anadvocate asking or research unding romCongress.
: as dedicated research-ers and clinical trial participants lead us tonew discoveries and ultimately, the abilityto win our ght against colorectal cancer. Why is action so important?
Action getsthings done.
And while we’ve come ar, westill have a lot to get done.Breast cancer advocates learned this decadesago. Teir accomplishments are striking –and vividly illustrate the work that needs to be done by a growing cadre o colorectalcancer advocates. For example, our govern-ment provided $712M or breast cancerresearch in 2006, compared to $244M orcolorectal cancer. Insurance coverage ormammograms is oered in every state o theunion versus only 25 orcolorectal cancer. Andmore Americans die romcolorectal cancer each year than rom breastcancer.
At C3, we like to say that awareness withoutaction is meaningless.
When you wear the colorectal cancer BlueStar o Hope, set your personal action bar higher. You know that simply wearing a pinwon’t end colorectal cancer. So, use the pin tosymbolize your greater advocacy. At C3, wesay “ake Action.” Push your elected ofcials…push the health care proessionals in your lie…push us. Everyone needs to do more, andwe need to do it better.C3’s mission is to win the ght againstcolorectal cancer through research, empower-ment and access.
Trough Education and Awareness:
near-daily updates in treatments andresearch or patients, amilies and medicalproessionals.Tis quarterly newsletter,
, issent ree to everyone who is interested inC3’s work.Te C3 Answer Line at 877-4CRC-111
(877-427-2111) provides callers withmedically-reviewed and unbiased inor-mation about colorectal cancer.
C3 is awarding a grant this spring to a
researcher exploring treatments or late-stage colorectal cancer.C3’s third annual Research Advocacy
raining held earlier this yeartaught advocates to serveeectively on groups thatoversee the development o clinical trials in our country.Te National Cancer
Institute (NCI) is expected tocomplete its colorectal cancerprogress report this spring,thanks to urging rom C3. C3will help NCI implement the recommen-dations o the report.
Cover Your Butt Campaign
sup-ports three bills that together will guarantee coverage o nearly every buttin America that should be screened:those belonging to the poor and under-served, the elderly and those with privateinsurance.Tis month, C3 advocates will lobby their
members o Congress in support o the
Cover Your Butt Campaign.
Advocateswill make ace-to-ace visits on CapitolHill on uesday, March 11th. And on Wednesday, March 19th, we urge everyperson reading this to participate in the“Congressional Butt-In”, a one-day phone blitz to Capitol Hill.
See page 4 andMAKE THE CALL!
o learn how else youcan make a dierence, visit
Education + Research +Policy + YOU = Action
News from C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition Volume 3, Issue 3 Spring 2008
CARLEA BAUMANC3 PRESIDENT
C3’s mission is to win the ght againstcolorectal cancerthrough research,empowerment and access.