Congress on Saturday sent a Continuing Resolution (CR) to the President for his signature. This bill will keep the Government running until March 2009. The total cost of the bill, which was approved by a 78 – 12 vote in the Senate, has a price tag of $634 billion.
As the days of the Bush Adminstration comes to a close Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has decided to step down at the end of October.
Recently, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama released their respective plans to battle cancer. Click on the links below to see what they have to say.
No official cancer plan has been released by any third party candidate.
C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition is a non-profit, nonpartisan advocacy organization that fights colorectal cancer through research, empowerment and access. C3 does not endorse or oppose any candidate running for elected office.
In 2005, Christine Niemi, was diagnosed at age 28 with stage IV colorectal cancer that had spread to the liver. Eighteen months later, she joined C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition at its Call-on Congress grassroots training and lobby day and became an active and tenacious advocate with the organization. Last week, she attended the Stand Up to Cancer broadcast as a representative of C3. We asked her to share her experience with others in the cancer fight.
Last Friday, September 5, I had the amazing opportunity to represent C3 at the Stand Up to Cancer live broadcast in Los Angeles, CA. I was joined by C3 board member Andy Giusti and advocates Florence Kurttila and Sean Twersky (Sean’s mom, Lisa Dubow, was one of C3’s founders and is the namesake of the organization’s Lisa Fund, which raises money for late stage colorectal cancer research). Participating in the event was the experience of a lifetime.
Early in the afternoon we attended a luncheon for the advocates representing 75 different cancer advocacy organizations from across the United States. There was a great sense of excitement – and the camaraderie between the groups was inspirational. It was exciting for me to meet other young adult cancer survivors. Speeches were made to acknowledge the people who worked so hard to organize the event as well as to illustrate how far we’ve come in the war against cancer and how much more there is to do.
The Lance Armstrong Foundation inspired and empowered 1,000 delegates to travel to Columbus, OH and support the Foundation’s efforts to make cancer a national priority…I was one of them.
The Summit took place July 24-27 at THE Ohio State University campus. Registration was the first step to the Summit. There we learned of our breakout sessions and were given LIVESTRONG yellow shirts to wear. They were catchy with “Vote Yellow” on the front and a definition on the back which read:
“Vote Yellow” ”(vot • yel-o)
(1. n. An expression of choice made by 12 million cancer survivors and their loved ones. 2. v. To declare one’s opinion that our leaders should make cancer a national priority. 3. n. A philosophy believing it unacceptable to lose 560,000 Americans to cancer each year. 4. n. LIVESTRONG!™