American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteer Courtney Hurtig, of Overland Park, joined more than 100 other cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, physicians and researchers in Washington, D.C., this week to urge lawmakers to make fighting cancer a top national priority. These advocates united as part of the 19th annual One Voice Against Cancer lobby day to request cancer research funding at the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health.
Cancer Patients, Survivors and Families Urge Congress to Significantly Increase Cancer Research Funding in Final Budget
WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 22, 2016—Next week the U.S. Senate is expected to take up a short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December. The vote comes just two weeks after hundreds of cancer patients, survivors and their families were on Capitol Hill urging Members to increase federal research funding at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) through the Cancer Moonshot Initiative and the FY 17 budget.
A statement from Chris Hansen, President of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) follows:
“ACS CAN urges Congress to seize the opportunity to boost funding for the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute in their final FY 17 budget. We are the cusp of so many promising new developments in diagnostic tests and treatments that now is the time to re-invest and accelerate that research.
“Earlier this month nearly 700 volunteers from every state went to Capitol Hill to make clear that funding the Moonshot and reducing death and suffering from cancer should be a top national priority. When the FY 2017 budget process resumes after the election, we trust that members of Congress will remember the conversations with our volunteers and supporters and will take action to fully fund the cancer moonshot.”