Making Cancer a National Priority
On May 9, 2007, the American Association for Cancer Research joined the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) and Friends of Cancer Research (FOCR) for a Hill Day to educate members of Congress on the importance of a strong federal commitment to biomedical and cancer research.
Building on AACR's Centennial Celebration, the Hill Day theme reflected on "A Century of Progress Against Cancer." More than 60 participants representing leading cancer centers and research laboratories from 23 states met with their respective Members of Congress to explain how cancer research benefits their district and state, and why we need to capitalize on the opportunities for advancing the science of cancer.
Left: AACR CEO Dr. Margaret Foti meets with Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO).
Right: Barbara Duffy Stewart, AACI Executive Director; Dr. Geoff Wahl, AACR Past President; Dr. Foti; Marlene Malek FOCR President; Dr. Ellen Sigal, FOCR Chair; Dr. Shelton Earp, AACI President.
AACR, AACI and FOCR collaborated to sponsor this Hill Day to emphasize the importance of cancer research and to seek a 6.7% increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health to get cancer funding back on track after recent budget cuts.