Be an Advocate

You don’t need  special title or role to speak up for the kidney cancer community. In fact, when it comes to advocacy, the heavy lifting is done with small, consistent efforts by people just like you.

Whether you’re a patient, caregiver, family or friend, or a researcher or doctor — we need you. If you want to increase research funding and accelerate cures for kidney cancer, you belong here.

A Place for Everyone

Advocating for kidney cancer research funding doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time. There are simple steps you can take to keep in touch with our community and pitch in with what you can, when you can. Check out the options below!

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH US ONLINE

Spread awareness and stay in the loop with advocacy events by joining our online communities. We’re on social media and on Smart Patients, and we’d love for you to join us! When you share our posts, add your comments, join our online events, and watch our videos, you are amplifying our efforts and increasing our reach. It’s a simple way to make a difference!

JOIN US ON ADVOCACY DAYS

No experience necessary! Advocacy Days are generally two-day events, where you meet with your Congressional reps in person or via Zoom. We train you, so you know what to say to convince Congress to fund kidney cancer research. Virtual advocacy days especially do not take up a lot of time and make an enormous impact on research funding. Your story matters!

WRITE A LETTER TO CONGRESS

A simple but personal letter can be a powerful tool to encourage your representatives to fund kidney cancer research. We work each year to ask for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health and the CDMRP’s Kidney Cancer Research Program. If you can’t join us for Advocacy Day events, consider adding your voice with a letter or email.

Join Our Grassroots Army

You might not realize how important it is for the kidney cancer community to advocate in order to make progress toward cures.

What are we advocating for?

Awareness? Funding? Research? Cures?

The answer is — we are advocating for all of those things. We know that awareness of kidney cancer and its impact on many lives leads to a sense of urgency, a desire for solutions. Awareness leads to advocacy, and advocacy — joining to speak as one voice — leads to funding and research. That’s how we get to cures.

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Overwhelmed by the holidays? You're not alone. We can help!

💚Handling the Holidays with Cancer
💻Free, Interactive Zoom Webinar
🗓️Tuesday, November 30th
🕐5:30-6:30 pm EST
📩Register at https://bit.ly/HolidayTownHall

See you there!

Overwhelmed by the holidays? You're not alone. We can help!

💚Handling the Holidays with Cancer
💻Free, Interactive Zoom Webinar
🗓️Tuesday, November 30th
...🕐5:30-6:30 pm EST
📩Register at https://bit.ly/HolidayTownHall

See you there!

Why and how medical students and early-career physicians should get involved in research? Can't miss these tips by the super mentor @montypal on @practiceupdate. Must read. Open access ...weblink👉https://t.co/5eVUcP1Tt8 @OncoAlert

Thanksgiving Day is behind us ... how are you doing?

If you're overwhelmed and a little exhausted by the thought of the full holiday season ahead, we can help.

You're ...not alone this holiday season.

Join us for a conversation with experienced patients, caregivers, and medical professionals as they share their best tips and strategies for surviving (and thriving!) during the holidays when you or a loved one has cancer.

💚 Handling the Holidays with Cancer
💻 Free, Interactive Zoom Webinar
📆 Tuesday, November 30th
⏰ 5:30-6:30 pm EST (with "eggnog happy hour" to follow!)
📩 Register at https://bit.ly/HolidayTownHall

What questions do you have for our experts? Drop them in the comments, or let us know when you register. We're here for you!

Thanksgiving Day is behind us ... how are you doing?

If you're overwhelmed and a little exhausted by the thought of the full holiday season ahead, we can help.

You're ...not alone this holiday season.

Join us for a conversation with experienced patients, caregivers, and medical professionals as they share their best tips and strategies for surviving (and thriving!) during the holidays when you or a loved one has cancer.

💚 Handling the Holidays with Cancer
💻 Free, Interactive Zoom Webinar
📆 Tuesday, November 30th
⏰ 5:30-6:30 pm EST (with "eggnog happy hour" to follow!)
📩 Register at https://bit.ly/HolidayTownHall

What questions do you have for our experts? Drop them in the comments, or let us know when you register. We're here for you!

Pioneering work that led to the first FDA approval for #kidneycancer associated with a hereditary syndrome. @VHLAlliance @KidneyCancer @kcCURE @kidneycan @IKCCorg https://t.co/V8JAyzrSgB

Just in @NEJM 👉HIF-2α inhibitor Belzutifan 120 mg QD PO leads to 49% ORR in pts with #kidneycancer associated with VHL disease. Open acccess👉https://bit.ly/3l8Y48J Congrats @EJonasch & team Very proud to see @maughanonc @huntsmancancer @Huntsman_GU 👇 @OncoAlert @NeliMUlrich

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KidneyCAN is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not receive any funding through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) or KCRP (Kidney Cancer Research Program). Our work is funded by grassroots donors in the kidney cancer community. 

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Tony Lesica, age 58, lives in Connecticut with his wife Jennine. A semi-retired financial planner, Tony is a chess player and football fan. He has three children: Jacquelyn (pictured here), Johnny, and Stacy. Tony was diagnosed with kidney cancer when he was 51 years old.Pillars of Support,...

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Handling the Holidays with Cancer: A KidneyCAN Town Hall Event

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