Monday, March 26, 2012

Calling Made Simple! March 26-30th is Colorectal Cancer Congressional Call In Days - #HR4120


Fight Colorectal Cancer, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy have partnered to host the 2012 Congressional Call In Days, March 26-30th.


Every call matters.  You can help support our 2012 legislative priorities by making one simple call! Our Congressional Call In event will be focused on reducing barriers to colonoscopy screening by supporting H.R. 4120, the ‘‘Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2012”.  The bill would waive coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of whatever surgical measures might occur. Colorectal screening is covered under Medicare, but if a Medicare patient undergoes a screening in which a polyp is removed, that individual is required to pay a coinsurance of $100 to $300!


Please call 1-866-615-3375.  Once you call, you will then be connected to your US Representative. We need cosponsors for this legislation if it is to pass into law!  What do you say?  Tell them that you support H. R. 4120 and you want them to cosponsor this bill.


 Below is a flyer with more information for you to review.  PLEASE share this advocacy

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effort with your friends and colleagues! Don’t forget to post this on your Facebook or Twitter accounts.  Here are a few sample postings you can use:




                    Help keep colorectal cancer screening affordable. Call 1-866-615-3375 and ask your Representative to cosponsor HR 4120! It is so easy, and it makes such a big difference in the fight against colorectal cancer.

                    I just called Congress to help save lives. Every call matters. Join me. Call 1-866-615-3375 and ask your Representative to cosponsor HR 4120! It is quick and simple, yet it makes such difference in the fight against colorectal

                    I just called Congress to help save lives! It took two minutes! You can do it too! Call 1-866-615-3375 and ask your Representative to cosponsor HR 4120!



                    I called Congress to help save lives! You can do it too! Call 1-866-615-3375 & ask your Rep to cosponsor HR 4120! #HR4120 @FightCRC

                    Help keep colorectal cancer screening affordable for seniors. Call 1-866-615-3375 & ask your Rep to cosponsor HR 4120! #HR4120 @FightCRC


Fight Colorectal Cancer sincerely appreciates your continued support and advocacy efforts.



Saturday, March 17, 2012

Is the model of engaging the young broken? Recent generations care less about social problems, really?


When I saw this article on the "metro" paper that gets passed out when you ride the metro, my first thought was: bunk . . . but as I did a little more digging and spoke with my own college kids I wonder if maybe they got it right.

"They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today's young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources - and often less civic-minded overall - than their elders were when they were young."

If that's the case, we're really screwed.

Think about it this way: for years we've been talking about our passion for positive change on so many social fronts always saying: "for our children and for their children" as a battle cry to invoke change from environmental to social issues. The intent was to fight for a better world to leave our kids and in the process educate those same younger persons to follow us into the fold and pick up the flag after us - but now I wonder if our children will have the same struggles we have, an apathetic "care less" peer group.

While better educated and exposed to the social ills of our culture in so many new ways, I'm wondering why there remains a disconnect with the Gen Xer's and Millennial's? Perhaps it's not a disconnect, maybe more like a "what ever" attitude which may explain why so many of our member base has a little more gray on top. What are we missing? Have we over played our passions to the point that they are numb?

Last week at the Fight Colorectal Cancer 2012 Call-on Congress activist event we had one of our "fighters" bring their teenage son along. At first I really wondered if this was such a good idea but after meeting and talking with this young man I could see the spark, the passion - getting into the mix and engaging with politicians at such a young age was inspiring to watch and he was a ball of energy that many in the group really resonated with.

I get the impression after seeing studies like this article in the AP that our young Fighter could be a rare commodity. Is there anything left for us "boomers" to do?

Be careful out there, and keep those lawn blades sharp!

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Reading, its bad for you.

I'm playing with this Post Droid app for my blog when I saw some emails regarding our upcoming webinar next Wed nite and I just had to share. Several of the emails were asking if we captured and archived our webinars and others asked about system requirements in order to follow along.

Now the reason for this topic is because if, and I'll say that again, IF they had read the confirmation email, right in the third paragraph it clearly states the system requirements. IF they had been to our website where the initial registration page resides the word "archives" over on the side may have been a hint we record our sessions.

I'm willing to bet we all fall under the "to busy to read" category, but how much time did it take to craft and send the email?

Have we become blind to the written word? Are we sharing too much? Is anybody still reading this? Yeah, that's what I thought.