2021 Spring Advocacy Days
We want YOU!
On March 8th and 9th, we will organize delegates from all over the United States to advocate for kidney cancer research funding.
Here’s how it works. Every year, Congress allots a specific amount of money for the Kidney Cancer Research Program (KCRP), which is part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). That money is then awarded to kidney cancer researchers through grants.
Money is also appropriated for the National Institutes of Health. Most of the ground-breaking discoveries in cancer over the past 50 years have been based in work by the NIH (National Institutes of Health) which is of course supported entirely by Congressional appropriations.
This money isn’t a given. We’ve had to fight for it, year after year. In fact, in 2016, the amount of money Congress specifically appropriated for kidney cancer research was ZERO dollars. For 2021, it was $50 million. This kind of change is the result of relentless advocacy from our grassroots army.
So … ready to enlist? We’d love to have you for Spring Advocacy Days! You don’t need any prior experience or special skills. We provide our advocates with training and a toolkit so that you can share your story with Congressional representatives in small meetings. You’ll help them understand the impact of kidney cancer on people’s lives and the urgent need for a cure.
Register to be an advocate using the form below. We welcome patients, caregivers, family members, and medical professionals — anyone with a passion for finding a cure for kidney cancer! While we would usually travel to DC for face-to-face meetings, our plan for this spring is to conduct virtual meetings via Zoom. Our leader in this endeavor is Deb Beyhan. If you have questions about serving as a KidneyCAN advocate, please contact Deb via email.