Putting a face on colorectal cancer


March 30

I'm sure you've heard that March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. You have the Congressional Butt-in on March 2 &3, where the Colorectal Cancer Coalition and the Prevent Cancer Foundation encourage you to call your representatives and tell them to support a National Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (HR 1189).(Addition: Just received a note that the Congressional Butt-in is March 2-3. The information and website I previously provided was for the 2010 event. The 2011 event website is http://fightcolorectalcancer.org/policy/congressional_butt-in. From the site: Our partners at the Colorectal Cancer Coalition are hosting the annual "Congressional Butt-In" this Wednesday and Thursday, March 2-3. This is YOUR chance to connect with your congressional representatives and tell them why continued funding for colorectal cancer research and screening programs are important. To have your voice heard and connect with your elected officials call 866-615-3375 anytime from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT on March 2 or 3.)?You have Katie Couric tweeting about "Make that call," a new colon cancer awareness campaign: "Thx @WSJ, @AP for helping us spread the word abt #coloncancerawareness - http://say.ly/Kmaajt"And this Friday, March 4, is the Colon Cancer Alliance's Dress in Blue Day for colorectal cancer awareness.But this one hit me hard because I wasn't expecting it. Actor Terrence Howard lost his mother to colon cancer in 2008 at the age of 56. He did several public service announcements about colon cancer screening and prevention last year, and this one was released last March. It bears repeating, though. I was moved by the video - even before he said a single word. Take a look at the video yourself and tell me if it hits the mark.

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