On Wednesday, April 26 C3 advocates will join with those of several other cancer-related organizations and visti the Washington, D.C. offices of Senators and Representatives as a part of One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) Lobby Day. The message they will deliver to Congress is our nation must get back on the path towards eliminating cancer death and suffering by 2015.
In order to get on the path and stay on it C3 joins its OVAC colleagues in urgeing Congress to do the following:
Invest in Cancer Research: Fund the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at $5.34 billion and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities at $200 million.
Invest in Cancer Prevention and Control Programs: Fund the cancer and prevntion and control programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at $427.5 million.
Address the National Nursing Shortage: Fund the nursing programs at the Health Reaources and Services Administration (HRSA) for Fiscal Year 2007 at $175 million.
Not going to Washington? You can still help by calling your Senators and Representative on Wednesday, April 26. When they receive phone calls the same day as the visit they will see this needs their attention.
Here is how you do it:
Go to the C3 One Minute Advocate page. Look on the right side of the page for the item "Find Elected Officials." Enter your Zip Code and click "Go."
You should be on a page called "Elected Federal Officials" where your two U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative are listed. Click on "View Info" which is located below the offical’s photo.
This page contains the contact information for the elected official. Call the phone number and ask to speak with the legslative assistant in charge of health issues. Tell the person you urge the Senator or Representative to vote for the funding levels meantioned above. Ask if the official will do so. Leave your name and address so the office can contact you with a reply.
You may not speak with the legislative assistant for a varity of reasons. If that is the case you can leave a message for that person with the informaton you would have said directly to him or her.
You can also fax or email the office with the same information should you prefer this method.
Should you not hear from the office in a couple of weeks call again and ask the status of your request.
Let us know about your efforts by emailing C3.
You can make a difference.