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Getting Ready to Rally Again – Rally For Medical Research

rally-medical-research-april-8-flyerOOOOh there’s something about a good ole’ fashioned Washington, DC rally that really gets us going.

Next Monday you will find Fight Colorectal Cancer standing alongside many other health-focused non-profits at the Rally for Medical Research.

Why?

Well, we do have a thing for The Hill.

But we’re participating to show our government that we too have a dream – a county that invests in a cure for colorectal cancer and supports medical research.

If you’re in or around the DC area Monday, April 8, join us at the Rally for Medical Research.

If you’re not around – keep reading for how you can get involved! You don’t have to live near DC to make a difference.

After all, that’s why we have US representatives from every state.

What’s This Rally All About?

Many sponsors and partner organizations are coming together to make the rally a reality. Because another reality is that federal funding for medical research is on the chopping block.

As this continues, the future health of Americans is in jeopardy.

As we learned from our researchers at the Call-on Congress, medical research is critical if we want to find a cure for disease, stay healthy and lengthen lives. But when federal funds do not support the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies, we shoot ourselves in the foot.

Or, should we say, we let ourselves go. Or we let disease take control… you get the idea.

Understanding the NIH

make-med-reserach-priority-april-8We don’t plan to stand outside with signs and bat our eyes at lawmakers for fun.

We have a specific ask:  We want to see more federal funds go to the NIH. As the Rally website explains it,

The federal government plays an essential role in funding medical research in the United States, primarily through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH is part of the Department of Health and Human Services and is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. Currently funded at $30.6 billion, the NIH is the world’s leading supporter of medical research; research that has had an immeasurable impact on all of our lives by enhancing public health, lengthening life, reducing the burden of illness and disability and most importantly, saving lives.   We must continue the vigorous pursuit of new breakthroughs in science, health and medicine that are supported through the NIH to improve the entire spectrum of patient care, from prevention, early detection, and diagnosis, to treatment and long-term survivorship.  Moreover, NIH funding does more than save lives.  It fuels the U.S. economy and creates jobs in our communities.

We must fight to keep the NIH funded and protected if we want to stay on top of the world’s groundbreaking medical research.

Especially when it comes to colorectal cancer.

Are you Coming to The Rally?

fight-colorectal-cancerIf you’re coming out for the DC rally, here’s the info you’ll need: Medical Research Rally Information Page

Can’t Make It? No problem.

If you cannot attend the rally (we get it – we work, too) – here’s how you can help:

  • Email your reps
  • Tweet at your reps
  • Write a Letter to the Editor this week

Check out the Rally for Medical Research’s Toolkit for sample tweets and messages – you don’t even have to come up with this stuff on your own!

We hope you can join us once again to demand a cure for colorectal cancer and fight for medical research funding.

Let’s show the world we are strong – and we think it should stay that way.

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