ACS CAN advocates head to D.C. for Leadership Summit and Lobby Day

Next week, more than 700 cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones from all 50 states and nearly every congressional district will come to Washington, DC, for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Leadership Summit and Lobby Day, Sept. 11-14.

Lights of Hope
Lights of Hope

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, ACS CAN’s volunteer advocates will meet with members of Congress to urge them to:

  • Increase federal funding for cancer research at the National Cancer Institute
  • Support legislation that supports patients’ quality of life by increasing access to palliative care
  • Support legislation that ensures that seniors don’t face cost barriers to lifesaving colon cancer screenings.

NCAA Division I basketball coaches Ron Hunter from Georgia State University, Mike Martin from Brown University, and Brad Underwood from Oklahoma State, along with former NCAA Division I basketball coach Jim Harrick, will rally advocates as they head to Capitol Hill for their meetings. The coaches are part of the Coaches vs. Cancer program, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The coaches and advocates will also be joined by several representatives from the Gates Millennium Scholars program, as part of its collaboration with ACS CAN.

The ACS CAN Lobby Day will end with an evening Lights of HOPE ceremony in front of the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool, featuring thousands of lights lit in honor of those who have been touched by cancer. The ACS CAN Lights of HOPE ceremony is presented by Merck. Please follow @ACSCAN and #LightsofHope for live updates and photos.

Thyroid cancer survivor and actor Hill Harper, pictured here, will close out Leadership Summit and Lobby Day with a keynote address. (Harper is best known for his role as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on “CSI: NY” and more recently as Calder Michaels on the “Covert Affairs”.)

Be sure to follow @ACSCAN and #CancerLobbyDay on Twitter for live updates and photos from the event.