Cancer research must be funded

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Again today I heard of another citizen of Walla Walla diagnosed with cancer, stage 3 cancer. This person is one of an estimated 31,290 people in Washington who will be diagnosed this year with cancer.

Because of the cuts that took place with the sequester earlier this year, this person might not be able to take part in potentially lifesaving clinical trials. Due to the cuts, the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s medical research center, has lost more than $1.5 billion in funds effecting cancer research labs across the country.

This year I am holding out hope that Congress will do the right thing for cancer patients and families and fund lifesaving research.

There are nearly 14 million cancer survivors alive in the United States because of past cancer research breakthroughs.

Now is not the time to rest on past progress, we must encourage our members of Congress to consider the consequences of cuts to the life saving research.

Contact your senator and representative and let them know you want cancer research funded to previous levels. You never know where the next breakthrough in treatment will come from. Let’s give a little hope for the holidays and not continue to jeopardize progress in the fight against cancer

Kimberly Porter

American Cancer Society

Cancer Action Network volunteer

Walla Walla

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