On Monday, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation will join nearly 200 organizations in a unified voice to call on our lawmakers to make medical research a national priority. The NIH funds many of our mesothelioma researchers, and we work with the larger medical research community with the mentality that a rising tide lifts all boats. This call to action will raise awareness about the critical need for a sustained investment in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve health, spur more progress, inspire more hope and save more lives.
The Rally has bipartisan support, and will feature speeches by the Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.); and the Honorable Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.); as well as a reading from Senator Jerry Moran (R- Kansas) the Ranking Member on the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, by Congressman John Edward Porter (R-IL), who was instrumental in doubling NIH’s budget (1998-2003) when he served as Chairman of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee. It will also feature Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the NIH; Maura Tierney, breast cancer survivor and advocate, best known for her roles on NewsRadio and ER; as well as patients, advocates and caregivers.
Even if you cannot attend this historic event, you can get involved. We urge you to reach out to your members of Congress and request that they work together in a bipartisan fashion to preserve the nation’s investment in medical research and the health of the American people. Sustained funding for the NIH is one of the most important investments our country can make, but our ability to do so is contingent on a strong, unwavering commitment from Congress.
Our message is very simple: Medical research funding must be a national priority – we cannot impede the remarkable progress that continues to save and improve the lives of millions of our nation’s citizens.
Visit our Action Center today to write to your members of Congress and urge them to make medical research a national priority:
Watch the live stream of the Rally Monday at 11:00 am EST: