[TAKE ACTION] Participate Virtually in Rally for Medical Research Day of Action!

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is on Capitol Hill today with more than 250 advocates from The Rally for Medical Research, which is organized by the American Association of Cancer Research and supported by more than 150 other organizations. We’re meeting with Members of Congress to raise awareness of the critical need for a sustained investment in the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Congress is currently debating the 2014 budget and makes decisions that could have serious implications for the future of our nation’s cancer research infrastructure and advances in cancer treatment. In 2013, the NIH budget was cut by $1.5 billion due to sequestration. If Congress does not take action, the NIH will suffer an additional 6 percent sequestration cut in January 2014.
Just this week, ASCO released a survey in which 75 percent of respondents reported that the current federal funding situation is having a direct impact on their ability to conduct cancer research, in many cases triggering “devastating” changes. Delayed clinical trials, the elimination of research staff positions, and the halting or slowing of promising research that could lead to new therapies for cancer were cited as specific results of stagnant funding.
We cannot allow budget cuts to undermine progress in medical research, setting us back at a time when we are on the cusp of exciting new advances in cancer. Congress must repeal sequestration and provide adequate funding for the NIH.
You can participate in the Rally for Medical Research by sending a message to your Members of Congress today. Now is a critical time to reach out to your legislators. Tell Congress it needs to invest in the NIH for the health of our nation. No more cuts!

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