National Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day 2019, hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), was one for the record books. Thank you to everyone who attended the event, participated in Pancreatic Cancer Action Week, called your members of Congress, shared on social media, and so much more.
Your impact was significant!
On Tuesday, June 25, 650 registered participants from every state, including 110 pancreatic cancer survivors, loved ones, healthcare professionals and other passionate supporters, donned their purple and ascended on Capitol Hill.
They urged their members of Congress to increase federal funding for pancreatic cancer research, including creating a dedicated pancreatic cancer research program in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.
There were more than 370 meetings with members of Congress on Advocacy Day, and advocates delivered 6,700 petitions to their representatives in the U.S. House and the Senate.
Meanwhile, thousands of advocates made Moments Matter (a theme at this year’s Advocacy Day) in their own homes by raising their voices during Action Week.
- Over 4,600 people sent messages to their elected officials to tell them to prioritize funding for pancreatic cancer research
- 1,900 phone calls were made as part of Call Congress Day on June 20
- More than twice the number of people participated in Call Congress Day over last year
This strong display of action shows that the pancreatic cancer community is fired up to improve patient outcomes and survival rates through increased research funding.
In addition to taking action and contacting Congress, Action Week participants helped spread the word about our cause on social media.
More than 25,000 social media engagements created a surround sound around Advocacy Day, and our message resonated loudly and clearly over Capitol Hill.
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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” ~ So excited to be back on the hill making #momentsmatter with the @pancan action network. Channeling anger over this horrific disease into actionable advocacy has been so therapeutic and I can’t wait to come back year after year 💫
Here are highlights from the media’s coverage of PanCAN’s Advocacy Day 2019:
- MSNBC “Morning Joe”: U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) discussed his personal connection to pancreatic cancer on Monday, June 24, with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who lost her best friend to the disease. He reiterated the need for additional federal pancreatic cancer research funding.
- Cox Media Group (which owns broadcast television stations, radio stations and newspapers nationwide): Interviewed pancreatic cancer survivor Elise Tedeschi and PanCAN staffer Kevin Sims on Monday, June 24.
- WJLA-TV (ABC) Washington, D.C.: Interviewed Tedeschi and Sims live in-studio on Tuesday, June 25, on “Good Morning Washington.”
- WUSA-TV (CBS) Washington, D.C.: Interviewed Trevor Findley, PanCAN’s Washington, D.C., Affiliate Advocacy Chair and Sims on the 5 p.m. newscast on Tuesday, June 25.
- Congressional Quarterly “Roll Call”: Newsletter for Capitol Hill employees featured an interview with PanCAN President and CEO Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA.
- New York’s Country 94.7 FM: “New York Matters” radio program featured PanCAN Influencer of Hope singer Erin Willett (“Hope’s Alive”) and PanCAN staffer Erin Holstein.
- Iowa radio station KMA Land: Spoke with Cedar Falls Affiliate Chair Amy Jardon about her plans to meet with her members of Congress for Advocacy Day 2019.
- The Chicago Tribune: Highlighted first-time Advocacy Day participant Deeann Witek who solicited others in her community to share stories she could bring to her representatives in Congress.
I met with @PanCANRI advocates today about increasing funding for pancreatic cancer research. I’m glad to support research to increase awareness and improve treatment options for those battling this disease. #DemandBetter pic.twitter.com/FQ8yDRDnwG
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) June 25, 2019
More articles about Advocacy Day 2019:
- Over 600 Advocates Take on Capitol Hill
- Pancreatic Cancer Advocates Rally for More Federal Research Funding
- Pancreatic Cancer Action Week: Make This Moment Matter
- Making a Difference: Why Two Teens Are Passionate About Attending Advocacy Day
- A Pancreatic Cancer Survivor’s Tips for Your First Advocacy Day
- Advocate Shares Story and Insights Attending Advocacy Day
- NCI Increases Pancreatic Cancer Research Funding
- Advocates Generate Support for Pancreatic Cancer Research on Capitol Hill