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One Voice Against Cancer Lobby Day
By Greg Brozeit

The 6th annual One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) Lobby Day will be held in Washington, DC on March 14-15.  OVAC is a coalition of more than 40 organizations dedicated to educating Congress about the need for increased funding for cancer research and prevention.

For the myeloma community, the OVAC agenda is the best way to advocate for proper increases in funding for the National Cancer Institute, including myeloma research, and the blood cancers education program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Speaking together with all members of the cancer community is the most effective way to address our individual goals.

This year’s agenda will focus on asking Congress to:

  • Continue the nation’s investment in life-saving medical research;
  • Build on successful cancer programs supporting education, prevention, and screening activities; and
  • Provide funding needed to address the nation’s nursing shortage.

OVAC's recent letter to President Bush details this year’s legislative priorities and specific requests.

The training day will be held at the Almas Temple on Monday, March 14 and visits with members Congress will be scheduled on Tuesday, March 15.

Please fill out the registration form (PDF) by the February 11, 2005 deadline and return it by fax to 202-661-5750 (attention Rebekah Chodoff) or email info@ovaconline.org.

A limited number of rooms at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel (1001 14th Street NW , Washington , DC   20005) have been reserved on a first-come, first-served basis at a reduced rate of $199.00 per night.  When making the reservation, please refer to the special rate for One Voice Against Cancer (call In-House Reservations at 202-682-0111 Central Reservations at 800-263-9802).

If you have any questions please contact IMF Director of Public Advocacy Greg Brozeit at 330-865-0046 or by email at greg.brozeit@sbcglobal.net.

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