Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent cancer patients and survivors who live in the Puget Sound area and to deliver their messages of hope for a future without cancer. There I joined more than 600 other American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers from all 50 states to ask lawmakers to protect funding for cancer research and cancer-prevention programs.
Thanks to continued breakthroughs in cancer research, millions of people with cancer and their families have reached milestones that they may not have thought possible following their diagnosis. But continued progress against cancer is at stake if federal research funding is cut. Congress must commit to funding research that will make existing tests and treatments more effective, as well as to continue the search for cures for the most deadly cancers.
When I met with staff members in the offices of Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Rep. Dave Reichert, I told them that cancer research is about saving lives. I emphasized that Congress must put aside partisan politics and commit to funding research – on behalf of the one in two men and one in three women who will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The fight against cancer should be a national priority.