I traveled to Washington, D.C., last month to represent cancer patients and survivors from Gig Harbor to call on Congress to make cancer a national priority. I joined more than 600 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers and staff from across the country to ask lawmakers 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 cigarette tax.
I met with Rep. Derek Kilmer, Sen. Maria Cantwell and representatives of Sen. Patty Murray. It was made 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 will be diagnosed this year.
We let our lawmakers know that volunteers from Washington, and from every state across the country, are counting on them to take a stand and not let another year pass during which more than 580,000 people in America will die from cancer (more people than died in WWI and WWII) by supporting what works and funding research that can help finish the fight.