The day that more than 700 cancer patients, survivors, and their loved have been preparing for is here! It is ACS CAN's annual Lobby Day in our nation's capital.
Advocates from all 50 states and nearly every congressional district will be asking Congress to make the fight against cancer a national priority.
For the past two days, they have been in Washington, D.C., participating in hands-on training, educational seminars, and events to prepare for Capitol Hill meetings with their members of Congress.
Among them is Lorna and Ed Hill from Massillon, Ohio, and Waukegan, Ill. cancer suvivor Maggie Powell. Their stories are worth reading.
They will be urging Congress to:
- Increase federal funding for cancer research and prevention programs at the National Institutes of Health
- Support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (HR 1676/S 693), legislation that will support patients' quality of life by increasing access to palliative care
- Support the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Screening Act (HR 1017/ S 479), legislation that will close a loophole in Medicare that often results in surprise costs for seniors when a polyp is found during a routine colonoscopy.
Rallying the advocates this morning are NCAA Division I basketball coaches John Gallagher of the University of Hartford, Jeff Jones of Old Dominion University, Jack Murphy of Northern Arizona University, and Josh Pastner of Georgia Tech. The coaches are members of Coaches vs. Cancer®, a nationwide collaboration between ACS and the National Association of Basketball Coaches™.
Tonight, more than 25,000 Lights of HOPE – each decorated with the name of a friend or loved one impacted by cancer – will circle the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. This inspiring sight will serve as the backdrop for a very moving Lights of HOPE ceremony during which professional NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse, Jr. will share his story of surviving colon cancer. The ACS CAN Lights of HOPE ceremony is presented by Celgene. Please follow @ACSCAN and #LightsofHope on Twitter for live updates and photos from the event.
Leadership Summit and Lobby Day will conclude on September 13 with a keynote address from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Max Weinberg, best known as the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and as the bandleader for Conan O'Brien on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. He had surgery for prostate cancer in 2011.
Be sure to follow @ACSCAN and #CancerLobbyDay on Twitter for live updates and photos from Leadership Summit and Lobby Day!