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Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Senator Tim Kaine’s staff as a follow up to the May’s One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) conference. This time however I was able to provide a more detailed and personal view of the cancer fight and why we will continue to advocate for full funding of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the fight against cancer. I was able to emphasize how a relatively small in comparison a 500 million reduction only jeopardizes the National Cancer Moon Shot goal of completing 10 years of research in just 5 years and how any future “markups” (reductions) of the NCI and NIH funding through the federal budget process is not OK.
This meeting provided the ideal setting to further explain how cancer is affecting a family right here in our own backyard and community, and how the impact of receiving distant treatment required add challenges to their cancer fight. While the meeting only lasted 20 minutes the opportunity to once again put cancer research as a MUST HAVE in any national budget / appropriations bills going forward is no less important today as it was in May or will be in the months to follow.
It is critically important to continue this discussion with all our national and local leaders. In future weeks I hope to meet with more national, state, and local leaders and perspective candidates to continue advocating that the time is now to make Every Cancer Story Count.
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