NORWALK, Conn. -- A man from Norwalk joined more than 750 cancer patients, survivors, volunteers and staff from all 50 states as they came together recently in Washington, D.C., for the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit and Lobby Day.
Advocates urged Congress to take specific steps to make cancer a national priority and help end a disease that still kills 1,600 people a day in this country.
Joe Barbetta from Norwalk asked Connecticut’s Congressional delegation to support a $6 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health with $1 billion of that for the National Cancer Institute over the next two years.
In addition to being a grassroots cancer advocate, Barbetta serves on the American Cancer Society New England Division Board of Directors, and is a legislative ambassador for ACS CAN.
Barbetta asked the delegation to support an increase in federal funding for cancer research. He also urged the delegation to co-sponsor legislation that would support patients’ quality of life, and legislation that would close a loophole in Medicare that often results in surprise costs for seniors when a polyp is found during a routine colonoscopy.
“This year, more than 1.6 million Americans will hear the words, ‘You have cancer.’ Congress has a critical role to play in helping us reduce that number in the future," said Barbetta. "As an ACS CAN volunteer, I let my senators and representatives know that Congress can demonstrate a commitment to the fight against cancer by increasing federal funding for cancer research, co-sponsoring patient quality of life legislation and eliminating surprise costs for seniors getting colorectal cancer screenings.
“Making these lifesaving policies a priority will help eliminate death and suffering from cancer.”
For more information, visit www.acscan.org.
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