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ACKC is the only major
kidney cancer grassroots
advocacy organization
raising money that goes
predominantly to fund
kidney cancer research

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Annual Campaign
for Federal
Research Funding

ACKC's Capitol Hill initiative
to get a $15M appropriation
for kidney cancer research

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Direct Funding
to Kidney Cancer

Since 2006, ACKC has
granted more than $350,000
to promising researchers

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Advocacy for
Special Funding

ACKC’s work on Capitol Hill
resulted in increased support
for federal research projects.

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Patient Guides:
Taking Charge of
Kidney Cancer

Updated in 2016, ACKC’s
online pamphlets empower
patients and their caregivers

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ACKC Point of View

  • The Cost of Cancer Medication

    Why are cancer drug prices skyrocketing? What can be done to rein in costs when drug companies are a “corporate monopoly” with the highest profits of any industry? The patient power of grass-roots groups such as ACKC may hold the solution, says Hagop Kantarjian, M.D., a leader in the in the fight to lower drug costs. Full article coming soon…


  • MAJOR VICTORY – $10 Million for Kidney Cancer Research!!!

    May 7, 2017

    Congress passed and on May 5th, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations ACT for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes a $10 million line item for kidney cancer research under the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). This represents the largest increase ever in the federal budget for kidney cancer research. Kidney cancer strikes 64,000 Americans each year, and over 14,400 succumb to the disease. The $10 million will provide a shot in the arm to… More →

  • Smoking and Election Day

    December 26, 2016

    Election Day was also a day in which four states have referendums on raising their taxes on cigarettes: Colorado, California, Missouri, and North Dakota. Below, we’ll look at the tax proposals, arguments for and against, campaign spending and the groups behind them, and the results of the voting. Much of the voting information is extracted from the Ballotpedia website. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 480,000 Americans die from diseases caused by cigarette… More →

  • Federal Funding for Cancer

    December 1, 2016

    We did an analysis of the U.S Federal funding for the top 18 cancer types as a ratio of dollars spent versus the cancer type’s incidence and mortality rates.  For dollars spent per incidence, brain cancer came out on top at $7,686 per incidence, followed by ovarian ($5,010) and leukemia ($4,545). Kidney cancer was in 14th place at $613 per incidence. For dollars spent per mortality, breast cancer came out on top at $15,842 per mortality… More →

  • AUA Investigator Article

    November 29, 2016

    ACKC VP Fred Atkin authored an article for the Fall edition of the American Urological Association’s AUA Investigator:     Action to Cure Kidney Cancer (ACKC) is a nonprofit organization that advocates for increased federal and private funding for kidney cancer research. Thanks to their most recent advocacy efforts, the House passed the FY2017 Defense Appropriations bill, which includes a $10 million budgeted line item designated solely for kidney cancer research under the Congressionally Directed Medical… More →

  • House Appropriations Committee Approves $10M for Kidney Cancer Research

    May 19, 2016

    After years of advocacy emphasizing the lack of kidney cancer federal funding, on Tuesday, May 17th, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY17 Defense Appropriations Act and forwarded the bill to the full House.  The fiscal year 2017 Defense appropriations bill includes a $10 million line item within the Defense Health Program, Congressional Directed Medical Research Program for kidney cancer research. This is great news for the kidney cancer community. If this legislation is enacted,… More →