Volunteer advocates from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
(ACS CAN) will join cancer advocates from 18 different health care
organizations in Washington, DC, this week to urge lawmakers to increase funding for critical
cancer research and prevention programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer
Institute (NCI), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies. The nearly 200 advocates
from the different organizations are uniting as part of the One Voice Against Cancer
(OVAC) lobby day.
John Coleman, a resident of Riverside, CA, will be attending on
behalf of ACS CAN, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society.
“Research is a critical component of a broader comprehensive approach
to fight a disease that will kill an estimated 560,000 people in America this
year,” said Coleman.
“Millions of Americans touched by cancer are counting on
legislators to ensure there is adequate funding to fight cancer in this
We look forward to a day when cancer will no longer be a death
sentence, and a sustained federal investment is key to reaching that goal.”
Now in its 10th year, the O VA C Lobby Day
will take place over two days culminating on June 9 with more than 178 scheduled meetings with Members of Congress
and their staff.
Advocates will be talking with their elected
officials about OVAC’s specific funding requests, as follows:
Support an increase of 10 percent (or $3 billion)
for NIH; an increase of 20 percent (or $1 billion) for NCI;
and an increase of 10 percent
(or $221 million) for the National Center on Minority Health and Health
Disparities (NCMHD) in the FY 2010 Labor Health and Human Services (LHHS)
appropriations bill. (This would be the start of a multi-year effort to double
funding for cancer research.)
Support an increase of $471 million in the fiscal year 2010 LHHS
appropriations bill for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cancer
Support full funding of the Health Resources and Services
Administration (HRSA) Patient Navigator Program in the fiscal year 2010 LHHS appropriations bill,
providing HRSA with $18.6 million to help low-income cancer patients navigate the
health care system and overcome barriers to health care.
Support an increase of $374 million (18 percent) for
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the fiscal year 2010 Agriculture-FDA appropriations bill. The increase
would provide the FDA with the resources it requires to further integrate cutting-edge
science will streamline the translation of cancer research from early stage discovery to
“I plan to remind my Members of Congress that the war against
cancer will not be won in the research labs alone,” said Coleman, ACS CAN
Volunteer, who also serves on the Society’s Inland Empire African American Community
Outreach Committee. “Our government is an essential partner in this
fight, perhaps the most crucial ally we have. It is imperative
that lawmakers guarantee funding for research to develop tests and treatments for those deadly cancers for which we still
According to the Society, more than 1.4 million people in
America will be diagnosed with cancer and another 562,340 will die from the
disease in 2009. Cancer remains the leading cause of death for all Americans under the age of 85, claiming the
lives of 1,500 people each day.
ACS CAN joins the following health care groups participating in
this year’s lobby day: American Association for Cancer Research, American
Academy of Dermatology, American College of Surgeons, American Society for Radiation
Oncology, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition, ICCCaucus,
International Myeloma Foundation, Lance
Armstrong Foundation, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Men’s Health Network,
National Alliance for Hispanic Health, National Cervical Cancer Coalition/HPV
Cancer Coalition, Nevada Cancer Institute, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network –
PanCAN, Susan G Komen for the Cure, Us Too and Women Against Prostate Cancer.
ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the
American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a
major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and
candidates to make cancer a top national priority.
ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight
cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For
more information, visit www.acscan.org.
One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), a coalition of more than 40
national and community-based organizations,
collectively represents millions of Americans since it was founded in 2000.
OVAC represents researchers, physicians, patients and families and many others
– people working together to make funding for cancer research and prevention
programs a national priority. For more information visit: www.ovaconline.org.