Your Opinion: Congress urged to help fight cancer

Dear Editor:

Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent cancer patients and survivors from Jefferson City 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 met with Congressmen Blaine Luetkemeyer and staff from Senator Roy Blunt and Senator Claire McCaskill’s offices, 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 Missouri, 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.

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