ACKC Campaign for Federal Research Funding
Stay Tuned for Campaign 2018 Dates Next Spring — Join Us
ACKC’s Campaign for Federal Research Funding occurs annually in late February or early March and is the opportunity for concerned citizens to make their voice heard in either in Washington, DC, or by working directly with senators and representatives in their local offices.
During Campaign 2017, ACKC collaborated with Rep. Nita Lowey, D-NY.
The Capitol Hill event brings kidney cancer survivors, caregivers, family members and other leaders from across the country to Washington, DC to educate policymakers about the importance of funding for kidney cancer research. The program combines a legislative day and half on Capitol Hill with advocacy training, guest speakers and an opportunity to network with those concerned about kidney cancer research.
The Campaign provides delegates with an opportunity to learn about the legislative and funding process that impacts kidney cancer and network with peers and meet with Members of Congress to stress the importance of support for research funding.
Your voice and vote matters. Congress listens to voters like you. Sign up today to come to Washington, DC, for ACKC’s Campaign for Federal Research Funding 2018 and make your voice heard for those who cannot be there.
If you cannot join us in Washington, we can use your help as a Campaign Advocate for increased funding. There are multiple opportunities to participate in the Campaign with letter writing, phone calls and other support activities. Please sign up here if you would like to volunteer in a different manner for the Campaign.
From the Federal Fiscal Year 2006 through FY 2015, we have been successful in having kidney cancer included as a disease eligible to rceive grants from the Department of Defense’s cancer research program. Due to our efforts, the DoD has so far awarded $9.1 million in grants through FY2014 (FY2015 has not yet been awarded, but kidney cancer is again disease eligible) — see list of all recipients for a brief description of their work here.
All this has been made possible by you, that is, supporters sending letters to their members of Congress urging them to sign on to this important request.
View the Dear Colleague Letters to Senators and Representatives.
The letter sending process is automated and will take less than 5 minutes of your time.
We will again be lobbying in the spring of 2018, asking for a Congressional appropriation targeted for kidney cancer. If we are to be successful it is critical that you join us in this effort by sending letters to your Representative and Senators — and encouraging friends and relatives in your state and in others to do so as well. Please sign up by clicking here and we will notify you when our campaign commences.