The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) Annual Meeting - 80% by 2018: Showcasing Success was held on November 19th and 20th, 2015 at the Bethesda, MD DoubleTree Hilton. One of the many highlights of this event was the presentation of the NCCRT's Distinguished State Leadership Award by Richard C. Wender, MD, Chair, NCCRT, Chief Cancer Control Officer, American Cancer Society, Inc. The award was accepted via video from West Virginia's Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and in-person by Christopher Stadelman, Director of Communications, West Virginia Office of the Governor. Mr. Stadelman told his compelling personal story of his fight with Hodgkin's disease and late stage colorectal cancer to a captivated audience obviously moved by his story.
The Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partners has engaged in the provision of individualized technical assistance to Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions through its work as a partnership and with the support of partner organizations. In July 2014, West Virginia was chosen to receive individualized technical assistance from Strategic Health Concepts with support from the American Cancer Society, C-Change, and The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. From this work came a state-wide colorectal cancer summit bringing together key partners. One of the many significant outcomes of this summit was the signing of the 80% by 2018 pledge by Governor Tomblin, the first governor to commit to this pledge to increase CRC screening in WV, a state with significant progress needed.
Congratulations to the State of West Virginia and to Governor Tomblin's office for recognition as leaders in the fight against colorectal cancer.