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OVAC 2002: IMF Participates In One Voice Against Cancer Advocacy Day

IMF Participates In Senate Hearing On Cancer Research Funding As Part Of One Voice Against Cancer Advocacy Day

IMFers joined hundreds of advocates representing over forty different cancer organizations participated in the third annual One Voice Against Cancer Advocacy Day. A highlight of the event was IMF President Susie Novis' testimony at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education hearing on Cancer Research funding. You can view Susie's oral and written testimony.

OVAC chairman Dan Smith welcomed the group.

The IMF is proud to be a part of the One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) coalition. Since its inception three years ago, OVAC has become an active and effective lobbying force on Capitol Hill. We are now in the final year of the five-year effort to double the National Institutes of Health budget. Because of our hard work as a coalition and as individual groups, we have seen the National Cancer Institute budget grow by $1.25 billion in the last three years, to over $4.17 billion. Carrying the OVAC message to Congress has ensured that legislators focus on the importance of research to all of those touched by cancer.

Hundreds of OVAC advocates head for Capitol Hill

Monday was spent in training and planning sessions, preparing for Tuesday's activities on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday morning, the group walked together to Capitol Hill to attend the Senate hearing and meet with members of Congress and their staff to help build support for increased cancer research funding.

Senator Harkin chaired the hearing. The senator is very passionate about the need for cancer research and very gracious in providing opportunities for patients to come forward with their views and participate in the legislative process.

Senator Harkin, chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education

Senator Harkin was joined by fellow senators Specter (left), Murray (right)
After testimony by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, a panel of five was called to testify, including (left to right) Dr. Elmer Huerta of the Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Ronald Herberman, Director of the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, IMF President Susie Novis, brain cancer survivor Michael Bruene and AOL Time Warner Chariman Steve Case

Susie Novis represented the International Myeloma Foundation and the more than 40 organizations that comprise One Voice Against Cancer.

Steve Case talked about his brother's battle with brain cancer.

Review Susie's written and oral testimony

IMFer and fellow Iowan Mary Godwin shares a light moment with Senator Harkin

Susie Novis and Senator Harkin after the hearing

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