Kidney Cancer Advocacy Days
Spring 2023

In 2016, Congress allocated $0 in funding dedicated to kidney cancer research. Through the power of advocacy, we have raised that number to $235 million in six years.

We need YOU to keep this funding in place. Please plan to join our grassroots army on March 13-14 for our spring Advocacy Days event, where we ask Congress to continue funding lifesaving research for kidney cancer patients.

New in 2023: A Hybrid Event!

Spring Advocacy Days will be a two-day hybrid event, including both in-person meetings in Washington, DC, on March 13th, and virtual meetings conducted via Zoom on March 14th.

If you are interested in attending the targeted in-person meetings in DC on March 13th, contact our Legislative Patient Advocate, Deb Beyhan, at [email protected] for more information. Funding is available for in-person advocates.

If you would like to advocate in virtual meetings on March 14th, register using the form below. All are welcome to advocate with us on March 14th, including those who attend in-person meetings on March 13th.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

All patients, families, caregivers, friends, and medical professionals welcome. Most advocates will meet virtually with their representatives and Congressional staff in their home districts to ask for research funding.

We provide training with Advocacy 101, a detailed guide to help you know what to expect and how to talk to your representatives about kidney cancer research funding. You will receive a meeting schedule, talking points, scripts you can use if you would like, and leave-behind documents.

The full agenda is listed below. Please see the additional information regarding training sessions. If you have any questions, please reach out! We welcome anyone with a passion for accelerating cures for kidney cancer. Contact our Legislative Patient Advocate, Debra Beyhan, at [email protected].

2023 Advocacy Days Registration

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This money isn’t a given. We’ve had to fight for it, year after year. In this video, Dr. Andrew Smith, a kidney cancer researcher from the University of Alabama, explains the impact of this funding on his work and the state of Alabama.

When you meet with Congress, you’ll help them understand the impact of kidney cancer on people’s lives and the urgent need for a cure. Join us and make your voice heard!

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Join Our Grassroots Army

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.

This is one of our most-anticipated annual events, and we've got a rockstar lineup for the 2023 edition!
▶️ Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Latest Research in Kidney Cancer
▶️ Tuesday, January 31st
▶️ 6:00 pm ET
▶️ Free Zoom Webinar
Dr. Rana McKay of UC San Diego Health will review the 2022 #kidneycancer research breakthroughs, and Dr. Hans Hammers of UTSW will discuss what we can anticipate in 2023. 
Don't miss out! Ask your questions when you register, and our panel will include what we can in the program!
Register now at https://kidneycan.org/2023-kidney-cancer-research-town-hall/

This is one of our most-anticipated annual events, and we've got a rockstar lineup for the 2023 edition!

▶️ Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Latest Research in Kidney Cancer
▶️ Tuesday, January 31st
▶️ 6:00 pm ET
▶️ Free Zoom Webinar

Dr. Rana McKay of UC San Diego Health will review the 2022 #kidneycancer research breakthroughs, and Dr. Hans Hammers of UTSW will discuss what we can anticipate in 2023.

Don't miss out! Ask your questions when you register, and our panel will include what we can in the program!

Register now at https://kidneycan.org/2023-kidney-cancer-research-town-hall/
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Our partner @jnkcf is hosting #KidneyCancer conversations, and the next one up features one of our favorite teammates! Meryl is speaking about navigating life with kidney cancer. 
This event is free! 
Register at https://jnfkidneycancer.org/navigating-life-with-kidney-cancer-a-survivors-testimony-with-meryl-uranga/

Our partner @jnkcf is hosting #KidneyCancer conversations, and the next one up features one of our favorite teammates! Meryl is speaking about navigating life with kidney cancer.

This event is free!

Register at https://jnfkidneycancer.org/navigating-life-with-kidney-cancer-a-survivors-testimony-with-meryl-uranga/
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Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said in 1966: "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death." He was speaking at the Medical Committee for Human Rights annual meeting in Chicago.
The mission of KidneyCAN is to accelerate cures for kidney cancer. We believe that means accelerating cures for everyone through a commitment to practices that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. Here's to continued antiracist work that addresses systemic inequities in health care, including access to clinical trials.

Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said in 1966: "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death." He was speaking at the Medical Committee for Human Rights annual meeting in Chicago.

The mission of KidneyCAN is to accelerate cures for kidney cancer. We believe that means accelerating cures for everyone through a commitment to practices that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. Here's to continued antiracist work that addresses systemic inequities in health care, including access to clinical trials.
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Do you know how to keep your kidneys healthy during #kidneycancer treatments? What about after treatments? 
Join us for a special Live stream event where we’ll answer your questions on protecting kidney health, streaming tomorrow at 2 pm ET on Facebook, YouTube, & Twitter! 
RSVP now to get notifications on FB: https://fb.me/e/3Rig4xARG

Do you know how to keep your kidneys healthy during #kidneycancer treatments? What about after treatments?

Join us for a special Live stream event where we’ll answer your questions on protecting kidney health, streaming tomorrow at 2 pm ET on Facebook, YouTube, & Twitter!

RSVP now to get notifications on FB: https://fb.me/e/3Rig4xARG
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Congress is poised to approve $50 million dollars for #kidneycancer research in 2023! 
This year, we attended 390 Capitol Hill meetings with over 300 advocates working the Hill. We are grateful to you, our grassroots supporters, for helping to make this happen.

Congress is poised to approve $50 million dollars for #kidneycancer research in 2023!

This year, we attended 390 Capitol Hill meetings with over 300 advocates working the Hill. We are grateful to you, our grassroots supporters, for helping to make this happen.
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The holiday season can be busy and stressful, even when you're feeling great! When you're juggling hosting and shopping and traveling while ALSO living with #kidneycancer, it can be too much. 
We gathered some experts to share tips for coping and caring for yourself during the holidays! 
WATCH: https://youtu.be/l4miZPznhQQ

The holiday season can be busy and stressful, even when you're feeling great! When you're juggling hosting and shopping and traveling while ALSO living with #kidneycancer, it can be too much.

We gathered some experts to share tips for coping and caring for yourself during the holidays!

WATCH: https://youtu.be/l4miZPznhQQ
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When you're living with #kidneycancer, the holidays sometimes have to take on a "new normal," with adjusted expectations, and that's okay. 
If you're overwhelmed or struggling to feel festive, check out the Town Hall webinar we hosted to help folks handle the holiday season!
WATCH: https://youtu.be/l4miZPznhQQ
#livingwithcancer #cancercare #selfcare #holidayselfcare #rcc #kidneycan

When you're living with #kidneycancer, the holidays sometimes have to take on a "new normal," with adjusted expectations, and that's okay.

If you're overwhelmed or struggling to feel festive, check out the Town Hall webinar we hosted to help folks handle the holiday season!

WATCH: https://youtu.be/l4miZPznhQQ

#livingwithcancer #cancercare #selfcare #holidayselfcare #rcc #kidneycan
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Season of Inspiration! We asked our community to share what inspires them on hard days. 
Bill says, "Knowing that kidney cancer can return at any time reminds me that part of each day must be spent doing something joyful. In the many years since diagnosis, I’ve found that supporting animal adoption brings happiness to many people."
Love this! Do something JOYFUL every day. 
What makes you feel #inspired this season? Please share your story with us at info@kidneycan.org to be featured on our pages!

Season of Inspiration! We asked our community to share what inspires them on hard days.

Bill says, "Knowing that kidney cancer can return at any time reminds me that part of each day must be spent doing something joyful. In the many years since diagnosis, I’ve found that supporting animal adoption brings happiness to many people."

Love this! Do something JOYFUL every day.

What makes you feel #inspired this season? Please share your story with us at [email protected] to be featured on our pages!
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The holidays can be difficult when you're living with #kidneycancer, or caring for someone who is. We held a Town Hall to share tips for preserving your energy and well-being during this hectic season. 
WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4miZPznhQQ

The holidays can be difficult when you're living with #kidneycancer, or caring for someone who is. We held a Town Hall to share tips for preserving your energy and well-being during this hectic season.

WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4miZPznhQQ
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