I recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent cancer patients and survivors from Manatee and Sarasota counties to call on Congress to make cancer a national priority.
I joined more than 600 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers and staff from across the country to ask lawmakers in our nation's capital to protect funding for cancer research and prevention programs, co-sponsor legislation to improve patient quality of life and support a 94-cent increase to the federal tobacco tax.
I thank Rep. Vern Buchanan for co-sponsoring H.R. 1339 (The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act) and hope that he will also co-sponsor H.R. 1666 (The Patient Centered Quality of Life Act).
I met with members of Congress and their staffs and made it clear that Congress needs to put partisanship aside on behalf of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors in the United States and more than 1.6 million people in America who are estimated to be diagnosed this year.
We let our lawmakers know that volunteers from Florida, and from every state across the country, are counting on them to take a stand and not let another year pass -- a year when 570,000 people in America will die from cancer -- by supporting what works and funding research that can help finish the fight.
Nancy Ambrose, Volunteer, ACS CAN