Grassroots Action Committee

Fight CRC's Grassroots Action Committee or GAC are your go-to people for all things advocacy and Call-on Congress. Learn a little bit more about your GAC mentor below!


MARSHA BAKER, Co-Chair

Caregiver

Representing California

"I attended my first Call-on Congress in 2009 with my two sisters after our Dad passed away from stage 4 colon cancer in June 2008 at the young age of 56. Needless to say, my family was devastated by our loss and wanted to save other families from this preventable disease. My sisters and I have been committed CRC advocates ever since."

♬: "In Da Club" by 50 Cent

Twitter: @PrettyFly35



AARON CASH

Caregiver

Representing Michigan

"I am the caregiver for my wife Jessica. We are a team and we just take everything one day at a time."

♬: "Feel Invincible" by Skillet





JESSICA CASH

Stage IV Survivor

Representing Michigan

"Stage IV patient dx in 2015, have yet to reach NED but still going strong! Never Give Up! Never Give In!"

♬: "Overcomer" by Mandissa

Twitter: @JessDilts




ALEX HERNANDEZ

Caregiver

Representing Texas

"I was a caregiver for my mother, Emma, who had stage IV colon cancer. She passed away in 2015 at the age of 51. I advocate on behalf of all the daughters and sons who have lost or will lose a parent to colorectal cancer, like my sisters and I did."

♬: "Victorious" by Panic! at the Disco

Twitter: @Alexghrz



WALTER HICKMANN

Stage II Survivor

Representing Georgia

"I am a family man, advocate, and stage 2 colon cancer thriver. This is why I serve."

♬: "Pump It Up" by Joe Budden

Twitter: @WalterHickmannII




PAM SEIJO, Co-Chair

Stage IIIc Survivor

Representing West Virginia

"I'm a stage IV survivor and will celebrate 20 years since diagnosis on August 19. I retired from teaching 4 months after diagnosis. I have been married to Manuel for 35 years and have a son, Tyler, in Colorado and a daughter, Lindsey, and son-in-law Nick just seven minutes from my home. I also have two little granddaughters Millie and Marra that I keep and have stolen my heart. I stopped chemo completely for the first time since diagnosis nine months ago and am hopefully cancer-free. This will be my 14th Call on Congress and I dedicate this year and my fight to my dearest friend Rose Hausmann."

♬: "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge

Twitter: @2wvumom

FRED SCHILLER

Caregiver

Representing Georgia

"I've been a caregiver twice, first to my father-in-law who passed in 2013 and again to my wife (#HeatherWithTheFeather) who recently passed in December 2019. Their fight continues with me but more importantly, I fight for the caregivers who have to carry a loss that could have been prevented."

♬: "My Hero" by the Foo Fighters

Twitter: @fs_7phoenix



PAUL SHADLE

Stage IV Survivor

Representing Nebraska

"I was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in July 2016 and am continuing to fight."

♬: "Enter Sandman" by Metallica

Twitter: @HuskerShadle




CHEREKA THOMPSON

Caregiver

Representing Arizona

"I was a caregiver for my late grandfather. I also have an aunt and a dear sister-friend who are survivors, as well as several CRC Angels. They are the reason I FIGHT! Every person who has ever been and those who will be diagnosed are the reason why I FIGHT. I've been an advocate for Fight CRC since 2016 and a recipient of the 2019 John MacLeod Champion's Award. "

♬: "Just Fine" by Mary J. Blige

Twitter: @immzambitious



BEN WHITE, Secretary

Stage IIIb Survivor

Representing the District of Columbia

"At age 26, I was diagnosed with stage IIIB colon cancer in an emergency colectomy. I had a temporary colostomy, while I underwent 12 rounds of FOLFOX. I was declared NED in December 2017, and had my ostomy reversed shortly after. Prior to diagnosis, I was a Naval Aviator and flew MH-60 helicopters for the navy. After treatment, the Navy found me unfit for duty and I medically separated from service in late 2018."

♬:" You Make My Dreams Come True" by Hall & Oats