This week U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) joined with several other colleagues requesting support for an increase in kidney cancer research. The Senators wrote a “Dear Colleague” letter asking their fellow Senators to increase kidney cancer funding to $30 million annually. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), a kidney cancer survivor, also joined this important request for this underfunded disease. The U.S. Senate will begin debating the annual Defense appropriations bill in the upcoming weeks. We will keep you posted on the progress of this important effort to increase funding.