THANK YOU to Anthony Sibert, a myeloma patient and California Inland Empire support group leader, and Geri Smith-Benjamin, a myeloma patient from Arlington, Virginia, for participating on behalf of the IMF in the 13th Annual OVAC Lobby Day in Washington, DC, earlier this week.
On July 10, 2012, Sibert and Smith-Benjamin joined other non-profit advocates from across the country for the 13th Annual One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) Lobby Day in Washington, D.C.
Nearly 100 advocates united as one voice against every type of cancer, and met with hundreds of U.S. senators and representatives to request increased funding for cancer research and prevention. Specifically, they asked members of Congress to support continued medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI), funding for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) cancer programs, and funding for the FDA.
Sibert, a four-year multiple myeloma survivor, and Smith-Benjamin, a five-year multiple myeloma survivor, attended nine meetings between the two of them. Every office they met with agreed that cancer research and prevention funding must be at least maintained and ideally increased for the 113th Congress. Sibert and Smith-Benjamin shared how personally important it was to them and to all cancer patients to continue to advance research so that innovative and effective treatment is available.
When asked about his experience on the Hill, Sibert said, "Participating in OVAC 2012 was a unique opportunity to help in the fight against cancer by lobbying our federal legislators for more funding for cancer research and prevention. I felt honored to be chosen as a participant this year and look forward to participating every year for all those with multiple myeloma."
One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) is a collaboration of 40 national non-profit organizations representing millions of Americans with cancer. It is one of the leading cancer coalitions in the nation’s capital and delivers a unified message to Congress on the need for increased cancer-related appropriations. The IMF has been a member since 2001.