Starting Monday, June 15, and throughout the week, you can ensure that these stories and so many others are heard when you participate in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (PanCAN) first-ever virtual Advocacy Week.
By participating, you’ll join thousands of other advocates, from all 50 states, as we call on Congress to increase federal research funding for pancreatic cancer.
PanCAN’s Advocacy Week kicks off with an opening session (register now!) Monday at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET, featuring special guests Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and cancer researcher Anirban Maitra, M.B.B.S., discussing:
- Why your participation in Advocacy Week is critical
- Why there is an urgent need for increased federal funding
- Exactly what you can do to help
This Kick-off Event will be hosted by PanCAN President and CEO Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, and other special guests will speak, too, about how talking to their members of Congress has made a real difference.
The timing of PanCAN’s Advocacy Week is critical – Congress will soon make key decisions on federal funding.
And on Tuesday, June 16, during National Call Congress Day, we’ll urge Congress to increase funding for the Department of Defense’s dedicated pancreatic cancer research program, which was created for the first time last year as a direct result of YOUR advocacy efforts, from $6 million to $10 million.
Additionally, we’ll ask members of Congress to support $44.7 billion for the National Institutes of Health and for $6.9 billion for National Cancer Institute.
Research funding is crucial to solving this challenging disease – 80% comes from the federal government.
You can call your member of Congress on Call Congress Day, too – check back tomorrow for easy instructions and a script you can use.
Learn more about all the easy actions you can take this week – there’s something new and impactful for you to do each day, and each will only take a few minutes:
- Tuesday: National Call Congress Day
- Wednesday: Send a message to Congress
- Thursday: Tweet your member of Congress
- Friday: Wrap-up and thank-you for making a difference!
Your story is important. Your voice is critical. Join us.