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April 2011
 

Fight Colorectal Cancer Awards 4th Research Grant
Dr. ChungThe 2011 Fight Colorectal Cancer-AACR Fellowship has been awarded to Jon H. Chung, PhD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. With the award, Dr. Chung will explore two pathways within colorectal cancer tumors that are critical to the tumor's development.

The research grant is made possible through donations to Fight Colorectal Cancer's Lisa Fund. This fourth grant in as many years brings our direct financial commitment to late stage research to $150,000.

Read more.




Chat with Last Year's Research Fellow, Dr. Rona Yaeger

YaegerLast year's Lisa Fund grantee, Dr. Rona Yaeger, will talk about her research findings with us in our April "Grassroots Advocate Chat."

Dr. Yaeger has been studying two of the pathways in colorectal cancer tumors that allow them to grow and metastasize – the AKT and MEK pathways. When she started her research last year, she hoped to find that blocking these pathways could help patients with KRAS mutations respond better to certain drugs. Hear from her directly and find out what she learned.

Photo: Dr. Yaeger at work in her lab

Grassroots Advocate Chat:
News from the Petri Dish with Dr. Rona Yaeger
Wednesday, April 20th, 8 – 9 PM Eastern
Register today.




CRC Groups Join Together to Offer Clinical Trial Matching

CTMSFight Colorectal Cancer announced that it is teaming with the Colon Cancer Alliance on an initiative to encourage patients with colorectal cancer to take charge of their diagnosis and learn about clinical trials.

The service matches colorectal cancer patients with clinical trials based on their personal medical situation.

The personalized service is free, confidential, and available to patients, loved ones and healthcare professionals. Log on today.



March Is Over but Our Fight Continues

table cardColorectal Cancer Awareness Month may be over but our work together continues.

Together, we accomplished a lot:

  • We published a book with the Cancer Support Community.
  • We reached more than 300 legislators to support legislation that will fight colorectal cancer. We did this through our annual Call-on Congress, the Virtual Lobby Day, the Congressional Butt-in, and our Proclamations 101 project.
  • In a critical vote for research funding, six Senators voted to restore cancer research funding after hearing from our advocates: Hagan (NC), Kohl (WI), Lieberman (CT), Manchin (WV), McCaskill (MO) and Webb (VA).
  • Through our Proclamations 101 project, advocates succeeded in getting Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month declared in 13 states: California, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, Wyoming and Virginia.

Thanks to every person who:




Join Fight CRC and Other Cancer Groups for DC Lobby Day

OVACFight Colorectal Cancer is proud to be a member of the One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) coalition. OVAC is a collaboration of national nonprofit organizations representing millions of Americans, delivering a unified message to Congress and the White House on the need for increased cancer-related appropriations.

Join Fight CRC and OVAC, along with advocates from groups such as the Livestrong Foundation, American Cancer Society and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (along with many others) May 23 – 24, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Photo: Fight CRC advocates at the 2010 OVAC Training (not pictured: Regan Weaver)

Read more and register.




Advocate Presents His Findings to Researchers

Doug Sharp posterYes, you read that right. Thanks to the American Association for Cancer Research's Scientist ←→ Survivor program, Doug Sharp, a Fight Colorectal Cancer advocate, created a poster abstract and presented it to other advocates and researchers.

The abstract focused on his work with Fight Colorectal Cancer and his own organization, the Thomas P. O'Sullivan IV Foundation.

The AACR Scientist ←→ Survivor program is designed to build partnerships among the leaders of the scientific, cancer survivor and patient advocacy communities worldwide. Program participants join in special lectures and small group discussions that provide a solid background in cancer research. Fight Colorectal Cancer was proud to support Doug's participation in the program.

Click for full poster.

In This Issue:

Fight Colorectal Cancer Awards 4th Research Grant
With the award, Dr. Chung will explore two pathways within colorectal cancer tumors that are critical to the tumor's development.

Chat with Last Year's Research Fellow, Dr. Rona Yaeger
Wednesday, April 20th, 8 – 9 PM Eastern

CRC Groups Join Together to Offer Clinical Trial Matching
The service matches colorectal cancer patients with clinical trials based on their personal medical situation.

March Is Over but Our Fight Continues
Thank you to everyone who got behind a cure in March.

Join Fight CRC and Other Cancer Groups for DC Lobby Day
Join Fight CRC and OVAC, along with advocates from groups such as the Livestrong Foundation, American Cancer Society and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (along with many others) May 23 – 24, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Advocate Presents His Findings to Researchers
Doug Sharp, a Fight Colorectal Cancer advocate, created a poster abstract and presented it to other advocates and researchers.

ALSO IN THE NEWS

Upcoming Patient Webinars

Personalized Medicine: What Does It Mean for Me?
April 25, 2011 8-9 PM Eastern
Learn more

Treating Liver Mets
May 16, 2011 8-9 PM Eastern
Learn more

2011 Cancer Rights Conferences
Sponsored by the Cancer Legal Resource Center
Free conferences with information about cancer-related legal issues. Chicago, June 24th; Washington, DC, Sept. 23rd; Ann Arbor, MI, Oct. 21st
Visit the CLRC website to learn more.


SCUBA for a cause
SCUBA
This Sunday, April 17th, Splash Dive Center of Alexandria, VA, will let you"Discover SCUBA" with 100% of the proceeds going to the fight against colorectal cancer. Register in advance for the April 17th class in Alexandria, VA.


My Colon Coach

MyColonCoach

Fight Colorectal Cancer and Genomic Health Inc. have launched My Colon Cancer Coach, a unique, online tool for newly diagnosed colon cancer patients that provides a free, personalized treatment report. The questionnaire takes less than 10 minutes to complete and empowers patients to discuss treatment options with their physician.


Answer Line takes your calls
1-877-427-2111
Get answers to your questions about your disease, treatment options and available clinical trials. Answer Line Associates are ready to take your call Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM Eastern. Ask your question online.

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.
Telephone: 703 548 1225 | Toll-Free Answer Line: 1 877 427 2111 • Please Donate
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