And your stories, shared during virtual meetings with Congress, and in phone calls, emails and tweets to their offices as part of the Advocacy Week activities, paid off. Thanks to your participation and tenacity, every single member of Congress heard our message about the urgent need for increased research funding for pancreatic cancer.
That message from our advocates was amplified with TV media coverage and social media posts by people passionate about the disease, among them:
- Actor and advocate Mindy Kaling (who has 5.3 million followers on Instagram) posted about Advocacy Week on her Instagram stories. She lost her mother to pancreatic cancer.
- Former Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who has pancreatic cancer, tweeted several times about Advocacy Week and PanCAN.
- Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) tweeted about his virtual meeting with PanCAN advocates.
- Lisa Niemi, wife of Patrick Swayze, shared on her Instagram the importance of Advocacy Week.
- This news story from Boston’s ABC station, highlighted the stories of several PanCAN advocates who participated in Advocacy Week, including Ivy Watts, whose mother is a pancreatic cancer survivor.
- From Northwest Arkansas, the NBC station interviewed PanCAN advocates and volunteers Mary Katherine Wilson and Jennifer Allison about Advocacy Week.
- And in Columbus, Ohio, PanCAN volunteer and advocate Jamie Foltz was interviewed on the NBC station’s broadcast.
— Steve Stivers (@RepSteveStivers) June 18, 2020
Research funding is crucial to improving outcomes for the world’s toughest cancer – 80% of funding comes from the federal government.
That’s why these successes from Advocacy Week 2020 – thanks to you, our amazing advocates – are so impactful:
We’re so grateful for all you do for the pancreatic cancer community.