Cancer research is not a theoretical scientific concept. It's a lifesaving reality.
Cancer breakthroughs, including some from research facilities in Washington, are saving lives, but this doesn't happen overnight. It takes visionary leadership, concerted effort and consistent funding. The federal government is the source with the most capacity for funding. That's why the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) have joined together in an unprecedented effort to boost the nation's investment in lifesaving cancer research.
We are asking Congress to increase medical research funding at the National Institutes of Health by $6 billion over two years, including $1 billion for cancer research at the National Cancer Institute. Funds allocated to the NIH and NCI will fund promising research projects in labs nationwide, saving lives and creating jobs in our community.
The collaborative ACS CAN/SU2C campaign is known as the One Degree Project because we are all one degree from someone with cancer. Each of us has a relative or friend who had cancer or is battling the disease. Join in the effort to increase cancer research funding and save lives at www.onedegreeproject.org. Cancer hits hard, but together we're fighting back harder.