Monday, July 13, 2020
July 13, 2020

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Letter: Invest in health initiatives

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Amid this pandemic, the importance of medical research has never been clearer. It’s not just funding for COVID-19 that needs to be considered. As a cancer survivor, I know the effect such investment has on treating all kinds of diseases. Federal cancer research funding has played a critical role in every major breakthrough, resulting in a record 17 million American cancer survivors alive today.

Continued progress requires consistent and increased investment. Right now, Congress is considering its 2021 federal budget. This is a time where members like Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler can demonstrate their commitment to cancer patients, survivors and their families by increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health by $3 billion and the National Cancer Institute by $500 million.

These investments — even in a time of national crisis — will pay endless dividends in lives saved, medical advancements made, and economic activity generated for years to come.

As an American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteer, I call on Herrera Beutler to keep cancer survivors top of mind and increase NIH and NCI funding for next year.

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