Thank YOU for a
Did you know that on March 1st, the
U.S. Capitol flew a flag in honor of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
and National Dress in Blue Day? It’s thanks to
your hard work and commitment to this cause that we were able to put a national
spotlight on this disease this March. From volunteers across the country
spearheading awareness and Dress in Blue Day events, to
advocates standing up to close
a colonoscopy loophole, to Nashville fans and Blue Note Fund supporters hosting an amazing Stars Go Blue
concert with Alan Jackson and Craig Campbell, to Terrence
Howard launching a powerful new PSA, we saw more people than ever before going
blue and getting involved.
Cancer Awareness Month may be over, but the fight certainly isn't. Be sure
to check our Blue
Star Calendar frequently to find out what's going on near you. You can also
support awareness, prevention and research year-round by making
a donation today.
Why Should You Be at
our 2013 National Conference?
Past attendees will tell you that it’s not just a conference – it’s a chance to
take a breath, gather strength and get ready to take on the world. This year,
whether it’s your treatment plan, your community, your insurance or
the government at-large, our 10th National Conference Empower You. Impact Your
Community will give you the tools you need to make a difference and be unstoppable!
Join us this fall in Miami for a weekend of learning and friendship. A limited number of scholarships will be available.
Learn more or register now.
Eartha Kitt was an internationally
renowned star. Passionate about carrying on her mother’s
voice, Kitt Shapiro, Eartha’s daughter, has partnered with us to share her
mother’s story and raise awareness.
“I was my mother’s only family. I think, in many ways, I
gave her roots. She would often introduce us, saying ‘I’m Eartha and this is
Kitt,’ as if I completed her. And, I think, in many ways, I did. My mother was
never screened for colon cancer, feeling that she was always healthy enough
that she didn’t need see a doctor. Oddly enough, she was diagnosed at age 80
with colon cancer because she was having pain in her hands. I don’t think she
truly believed the disease would actually take her.”
Read Eartha’s story
and learn more about
our newest partnership with Card.com and Eartha Kitt debit cards!
You Be the Judge: Who Went Blue Best?
Speaking of an amazing awareness month, we’ve received
nearly 500 photos from Dress in Blue Day
participants and supporters! We’ve narrowed down all the photos to a few
finalists in four categories – now it’s your turn to tell us who went blue the
best. Voting is open over on our Facebook page. Did you go blue? Send us your
photos at firstname.lastname@example.org
to be added to our Dress in Blue Day
photo albums and a chance to be featured next year.
Vote now on our Facebook page!
Questions about the
ACA? You’re Not Alone.
We've been getting questions about last month's clarification to the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) regarding the colonoscopy copay loophole, so we thought it'd be
a great time to break this issue down. We sat down with Dr. Richard Wender and
Mary Doroshenk from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable to find out to
what exactly this clarification means, how it affects you and what still needs
to be done.
Get the answers here
or join the
Congressional Call-In to take action!
Hero of the Month
Our new Hero of the Month feature highlights inspiring individuals who are going above and beyond in the fight against colon cancer. This month's hero is Arijit Guha. Although we lost Arijit last month, we want to honor both Arijit and his wife Heather for everything they have done for the CCA and the colon cancer community at large.
Our Voices of Arizona Chapter's Kevin Bergersen has written a tribute for Arijit.
The Arizona Chapter of the Colon Cancer Alliance was deeply
saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Arijit. He was a tremendous
presence here locally and across the country, and clearly his illness, life and
passing had a tremendous impact here in the Phoenix community. He had hundreds
of friends and thousands of followers whom we join both in our grieving and in
our celebration of his life. He was tirelessly dedicated to fighting this
disease and to making change in the medical system. We thank Arijit for sharing
his passion, vitality, heart, humor and for his smile. It was a complete
privilege knowing Arijit and we are all better having known him. He was a
compassionate and brave soul, and he shall be missed.
Yes, we are sad, but also we are better and completely
inspired for having known him.
Vaya con dios, our friend.
April 15 - National Dress in Blue Day Photo Contest Winners Announced
April 23 - Stage IV-um Chat: What's Working for You? What Has You Down?
April 27 - Buffalo Undy 5000 5K
May 15 - 2013 Sapphire Awards Information Available
June 19 - Colorectal Cancer: What's New and What's on the Horizon Webinar
June 22 - Denver Undy 5000 5K
June 29 - Tacoma Undy 5000 5K