Sunday, June 13, 2010

Public Policy and Advocacy

Support National Blood Cancer Awareness Month Resolution

June 11, 2010

The Lymphoma Research Foundation is asking every advocate to write or call their U.S. Representative and urge them to co-sponsor a Congressional resolution designating September 2010 as Blood Cancer Awareness Month.

The resolution, which is being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week by Representatives Walter Jones and Betsy Markey, highlights the impact that the blood cancers have in the United States each year, and encourages greater support for blood cancer research and education.

Take Action Now!

Write or call your Representative today and ask that they become co-sponsors of the Blood Cancer Awareness Month resolution. Remember that every phone call and letter counts, so be sure to send this message on to your friends, loved ones and other members of the lymphoma community.

Let's be honest. There is way less political oomph and movie star glitz behind the fight against leukemia than those facing breast or prostrate or even colon cancer. but there no less pain and suffering with our less popular and less media savvy killer. I would argue there is more misery if you factor in the reach into childhood of many of the worst blood cancer.

Please help raise awareness.

Thank you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with this, but I do want to say that you don't need an act of Congress to designate any month, week or day the 'national XXXX day'.

Do you think that it was Congress that designated National Pickle Day? More likely the pickle producers.

A nice idea, and I suppose it carries some weight, but there is no law that says Congress or the president has to get involved.

Just a FYI.

You should also know that my congresswoman Doris Matsui is trying to get more money for MDS research. Her husband, who originally held the seat, died of MDS. I had never heard of it, but it may be the most common blood cancer out there.

June 26, 2010 at 8:13 AM  

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