Archive for Thursday, October 26, 2006

Mail Call: Congressional support pledged

October 26, 2006

Ten thousand cancer advocates from every congressional district in the country. The largest-ever monument to cancer covering three city blocks. An emotional, candle-lit ceremony of hope. These are just a few of the many highlights of Celebration on the Hill 2006 -- an empowering, moving, monumental grassroots advocacy event I attended Sept. 20 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., along with 431 other "Celebration Ambassadors" from the High Plains Division.

Celebration on the Hill was a once-in-a-lifetime event for me. The event enabled me, and nearly 4,000 other cancer advocates from across the country and all walks of life, to meet face to face with our lawmakers in Washington. We communicated our message to members of Congress loudly and clearly -- lawmakers must commit to the fight against cancer and make it a national priority.

One of our main objectives at celebration was to urge our elected officials to sign the Congressional Cancer Promise -- a commitment to taking specific legislative steps to increase the government's investment in cancer research, prevention and early detection, survivorship and access to care.

More than 300 lawmakers -- more than half of Congress -- signed on and voiced their support for our short-term plan to put the nation's fight against cancer back on track.

As volunteers of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I and others will make sure they stick to their promise. People's lives are at stake.

Rita Jones
Event Chair
American Cancer Society's
Relay For Life of De Soto

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