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.

From 2018-2022 we have had 834 advocates attend 1,113 congressional meetings.

Join us in helping to accelerate cures for kidney cancer. Your voice counts!

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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.

For this episode of #KidneyCANDID, Howard tells us why he supports KidneyCAN. Howard shares his experiences as a patient and family member of a person with #kidneycancer, and how he is inspired by ...the volunteers who support KidneyCAN and the clinicians and researchers who give us all hope.

Donate to KidneyCAN: https://kidneycan.org/donate-now/

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Why I Support KidneyCAN on #GivingTuesday

For this episode of #KidneyCANDID, Howard tells us why he supports KidneyCAN. Howard shares his experiences as a patient and as a family member of a...

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On #GivingTuesday, we are asking for your support as we continue the work to accelerate cures for #kidneycancer.

When you give to KidneyCAN:

• You are pushing for kidney cancer ...research funding.
• You are bringing together the world's best researchers to propel collaboration and breakthroughs.
• You are providing direct support to patients and caregivers.
• You are connecting patients to clinical trial opportunities.

When you give to KidneyCAN, you are giving HOPE to more than 79,000 Americans per year who are diagnosed with kidney cancer.

You are giving TIME to patients living with advanced cancer and finding new paths for treatment.

This holiday season, please continue to support our work by making a donation.

https://kidneycan.org/donate-now/

On #GivingTuesday, we are asking for your support as we continue the work to accelerate cures for #kidneycancer.

When you give to KidneyCAN:

• You are pushing for kidney cancer ...research funding.
• You are bringing together the world's best researchers to propel collaboration and breakthroughs.
• You are providing direct support to patients and caregivers.
• You are connecting patients to clinical trial opportunities.

When you give to KidneyCAN, you are giving HOPE to more than 79,000 Americans per year who are diagnosed with kidney cancer.

You are giving TIME to patients living with advanced cancer and finding new paths for treatment.

This holiday season, please continue to support our work by making a donation.

https://kidneycan.org/donate-now/

Season of Inspiration: Bruce shares how he stays active doing the things he loves.

"When I was first diagnosed with #kidneycancer in 2017, I was 46 years old and still playing soccer. ...I had been a lifelong soccer player and played all the way into my 40s. When I lost a kidney to nephrectomy, I realized the risk was a little too high to play a contact sport like soccer.

"I decided to retire from playing but I really wanted to still be on the soccer field and be part of the game. So what I thought about was refereeing. I went a took a class and got certified and became a soccer referee. I referee now on weekends, primarily youth soccer in leagues and tournaments, and I really enjoy still being part of the game.”

Hear more from Bruce, who is a true inspiration for living well and staying active while facing kidney cancer! Bruce shared his tips in a #KidneyCANDID video earlier this year (https://youtu.be/kdnWclM6694), and he spoke at our recent Facebook Live webinar on staying physically active: https://youtu.be/vS5VyVPJTzk

Support KidneyCAN and the patients and caregivers in our community on #GivingTuesday: https://kidneycan.org/donate-now/

Season of Inspiration: Bruce shares how he stays active doing the things he loves.

"When I was first diagnosed with #kidneycancer in 2017, I was 46 years old and still playing soccer. ...I had been a lifelong soccer player and played all the way into my 40s. When I lost a kidney to nephrectomy, I realized the risk was a little too high to play a contact sport like soccer.

"I decided to retire from playing but I really wanted to still be on the soccer field and be part of the game. So what I thought about was refereeing. I went a took a class and got certified and became a soccer referee. I referee now on weekends, primarily youth soccer in leagues and tournaments, and I really enjoy still being part of the game.”

Hear more from Bruce, who is a true inspiration for living well and staying active while facing kidney cancer! Bruce shared his tips in a #KidneyCANDID video earlier this year (https://youtu.be/kdnWclM6694), and he spoke at our recent Facebook Live webinar on staying physically active: https://youtu.be/vS5VyVPJTzk

Support KidneyCAN and the patients and caregivers in our community on #GivingTuesday: https://kidneycan.org/donate-now/

Season of Inspiration: Debbie shares how her family is the support that keeps her going as she deals with #kidneycancer.

"When times got hard, I turned to God, and I believe He put my ...support team in charge. My husband, children, siblings, nieces, and great-nieces stepped up to the call. My grandchildren give me a reason to fight; watching them grow up is truly a blessing."

Support KidneyCAN and the patients and caregivers in our community on #GivingTuesday:
https://kidneycan.org/donate-now/

Season of Inspiration: Debbie shares how her family is the support that keeps her going as she deals with #kidneycancer.

"When times got hard, I turned to God, and I believe He put my ...support team in charge. My husband, children, siblings, nieces, and great-nieces stepped up to the call. My grandchildren give me a reason to fight; watching them grow up is truly a blessing."

Support KidneyCAN and the patients and caregivers in our community on #GivingTuesday:
https://kidneycan.org/donate-now/

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Rock the Run for Kidney Cancer Research Funding

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KidneyCAN had the first ever Rock the Run 5k fundraiser in October 2022. This is part of the group of KCRS22 attendees who walked and ran with us at dawn before the second conference day began. KidneyCAN is proud to share the results of the first annual Rock the Run 5K fundraiser. Our Purpose...