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What You Need to Know About Advocacy Day


Fast Facts About OVAC Advocacy Day:

IMF members, their families and friends -- anyone willing to help make a difference in the lives of myeloma patients nationwide!

3rd Annual OVAC Advocacy Day

June 3-4, 2002

Washington D.C.

To lobby Congress to increase funding for diversified research and prevention programs and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and cancer programs at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). OVAC has been credited with maintaining recent funding increases for federal cancer research funding.

How it Works:
On Monday, June 3rd, registered advocates will attend a special training session designed to familiarize them with the overall goals of Advocacy Day as well as further explain the many reasons why an increase in funding for the NIH, NCI and CDC is so important.

On Tuesday, June 4th, we will attend a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS and Education that will focus on the OVAC research agenda. The hearing will spotlight representatives from the myeloma and pancreatic cancer communities as representatives for the need to increase research resources for orphan cancers. Following the hearing, advocates will "work the Hill" making individual visits with members of Congress.

Advocacy training will take place at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, located at 400 New Jersey Ave., NW. We encourage members that need hotel accommodations to try and stay at the Hyatt so that we can easily assemble for pre-event activities.

How do I Sign Up?
We are utilizing an online registration process to register advocates for advocacy training and individual Congress visits.   Just click on the register button!

A Word About Advocacy Day from IMF President, Susie Novis:

"The International Myeloma Foundation is working feverishly this spring to bring the strongest message of its patient and family community to Washington D.C. As we engage in what is expected to be a tight budget battle for myeloma research and treatment dollars, the IMF has mapped out a strategy we believe will give the issue the highest exposure on Capitol Hill.

With the blood cancer community convening advocacy meetings in DC at the end of this month, we felt that it was important to plan a second series of advocacy events for the summer. We want to maximize the amount of time we are in front of lawmakers and their staff. In this difficult budget climate, one visit will simply not be enough.

Our focus for the June events remains clear... lobbying, media outreach and constituency building. We believe that the budget calendar being what it is, our resources will be best spent in D.C. in this time period. We strongly encourage our members to become involved. Working together, we WILL make a difference."


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