PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) proudly recognizes May 2016 as National Cancer Research Month and wishes to express its appreciation to U.S. Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), dozens of cancer advocacy organizations, and thousands of cancer physicians, researchers, survivors, and patient advocates for their support in promoting how cancer research saves lives, and advocating for robust, sustained, and predictable federal funding increases for cancer research and biomedical science.
On Monday, May 9, Senators Feinstein and Isakson introduced resolution S. Res. 459 "recognizing the importance of cancer research and the vital contributions of scientists, clinicians, cancer survivors, and other patient advocates across the United States, who are dedicated to finding a cure for cancer, and designating May 2016 as 'National Cancer Research Month.'" The resolution is a companion to H. Res. 717, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 29 by Reps. Yoder and Cleaver. Supporters are encouraged to write their members of Congress to urge them to prioritize funding for the NIH and to cosponsor H. Res. 717 and S. Res. 459 as a show of support for cancer research.
Also this week, the AACR will join the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in honoring Representatives Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) and Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) for their outstanding leadership on behalf of cancer research at a reception on Wednesday, May 11. On Thursday, May 12, cancer researchers, physicians, survivors, and patient advocates associated with AACR, AACI, and ASCO will advocate for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute during an annual Hill Day dedicated to underscoring how cancer research saves lives and transforms patient care.
Throughout the month of May, the AACR is spearheading a social media campaign called "Real Hope Is," an opportunity to share what gives patients, survivors, caregivers, clinicians, and researchers real hope on their cancer journey. Submissions will be featured on the AACR's National Cancer Research Month Facebook page, and we encourage the sharing of stories on Twitter using the #RealHopeIs and #NCRM16 hashtags.
The AACR has also launched a new advertising campaign on television, radio, and the Web featuring Cancer Thrivers. The concept behind the campaign celebrates cancer patients and survivors, recognizing that they are not merely surviving or living with cancer, but thriving thanks to cancer research. Cancer Thrivers will be joined in the campaign by Cure Drivers—cancer researchers whose work is enabling these cancer patients to thrive.
Follow National Cancer Research Month throughout May to keep apprised of the AACR's and the cancer research community's latest efforts to raise awareness of the importance of cancer research and advocate for increased funding.