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Myeloma Minute
February 11, 2009
02.11.09

Welcome to the IMF's Myeloma Minute
SPECIAL EDITION
Tell Congress to stimulate the economy by supporting cancer research!

What does the proposed economic stimulus have to do with cancer?
Cancer research saves lives AND stimulates the economy:

  • While some cancer rates are declining, cancer still kills more than 565,000 Americans each year – that’s 1500 people every single day – and currently costs the U.S. over $200 billion each year.
  • Each $1 spent on cancer research in your community returns $2 to your local economy.
  • The impact of chronic disease on lost workdays and lower employee productivity resulted in an annual economic loss in the US of over $1 trillion in 2003.

How does the proposed economic stimulus package help cancer research?
The package includes research funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and prevention and wellness programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NIH funds a very important portion of the world’s cancer research, including the research supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

NIH awards grants to scientists working at local universities, hospitals and research institutions in all 50 states. This work led to breakthroughs that have revolutionized cancer care and created the biotech sector of our economy; but the last 5 years of flat or declining budgets at NIH have strangled progress. Budget reductions have led to a backlog of over 10,000 research projects that have already been vetted. With funding, they could be started quickly, creating new jobs and new hope for patients.

As the nation’s leading prevention agency, the CDC plays an important role in translating and delivering at the community level what is learned from research. The CDC also serves as the backbone of our healthcare infrastructure, supporting jobs important to our state and local economies, as well as providing services to individuals in communities across the nation.

What can you do to help?
Take action TODAY and send an e-mail to your Congressional Members! Your elected officials need to hear from their constituents about the importance of NIH research funding. The House and Senate will vote on the final version of the Economic Stimulus bill the week of February 9th. Please e-mail your Congressional Members and urge them to support the funding provided in the Economic Stimulus bill for the NIH and the CDC.

To locate your Representative, please visit the website for the US House of Representatives at www.house.gov and click on the “Write Your Representative” button (top left hand column of the home page).   After entering your state and zip code information, follow the directions to send an e-mail to your Representative. To locate your Senators, please visit the US Senate at www.senate.gov and use the “Find Your Senators” tool in the upper right hand column of the home page. Click on the links to the web page for each of your Senators and follow the directions to send them an e-mail. 

*** SAMPLE EMAIL FOR CONSTITUENTS TO CONGRESS. CUT AND PASTE INTO A NEW EMAIL.***

 Subject line: Support Funding for Cancer Research and Prevention Programs in the Stimulus Package

 Dear Senator or Representative ___(fill in name here)____,

As you consider legislation to help stimulate our economy, please remember a major public health challenge that touches nearly every American family—the suffering and death from cancer. You can make a difference by supporting investments in biomedical research as well as prevention and wellness programs in the forthcoming economic stimulus package.

I urge you to actively support the adoption of the funding levels provided in the Senate-passed version of the bill for life-saving research at the NIH. This investment will stimulate short- and long-term economic growth by infusing dollars into local communities and supporting researchers who may be forced to otherwise leave the field or leave the country to seek funding elsewhere. It will also maintain our global leadership in scientific and technological innovation and lead to new medical treatments and discoveries that will alleviate a great deal of suffering and death from cancer.

Additionally, I urge you also to support the adoption of the funding levels for prevention and wellness programs at the CDC in the House-passed version of the economic stimulus bill. The CDC serves as the backbone of our healthcare infrastructure, supporting jobs important to our state and local economies, as well as providing services to individuals in communities across the nation.

Every single day, 4,000 Americans hear those terrible words: “You have cancer.”

You have many priorities competing for your attention, but we owe it to our children to increase our investment in discovering and delivering prevention, early detection and the cures for cancer.

In closing, I again urge you to actively support funding levels for the cancer programs at the NIH and CDC in the economic stimulus package. I hope I can count on your support. Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

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