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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.