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Local Cancer Survivor and Advocate Travels to Washington, D.C. to Push for Research Funding

Brian Dowd Participates in One Voice Against Cancer’s (OVAC) National Lobby Day Calls for Making Cancer Research and Prevention Programs Top Priority 

BEACHWOOD, NEW JERSEY – July 14, 2014 – 25 organizations and more than 88 advocates seeking to ensure that Congress increase the funding for cancer research and prevention programs participated in One Voice Against Cancer’s (OVAC) National Lobby Day last week in Washington, D.C.  Brian Dowd joined the OVAC team on behalf of the LIVESTRONG Foundation whose mission it is to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now.

Brian from BEACHWOOD, NEW JERSEY and staff from more than 25 cancer organizations, including LIVESTRONG, walked the halls of Congress meeting with staff and representatives to make the case for increased funding for research into vitally important cancer programs.

Last year alone, approximately 750 patients were turned away from National Institute of Health (NIH) clinical centers as a result of cuts in funding.  The OVAC advocates were gathered in Washington to reach out to their local lawmakers to ask that the National Cancer Institute budget be increased to $5.26 billion; that the decline in funding for cancer research ends; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) budget for cancer programs is increased to $510 million.

“It is important for all of us to have our voices heard by our elected lawmakers on issues of life and death and funding for cancer research and prevention is just such an issue,” said Brian.  “I was proud to join my fellow advocates and take a few days to tell the stories of cancer patients and survivors and reinforce the need for funding.  I hope that it makes a difference and that our local lawmakers are listening.” Brian met with the office of Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez and the offices of Congressmen Jon Runyan and Rodney Frelinghuysen.

OVAC is a collaboration of national non-profit organizations presenting millions of Americans, delivering a unified message to Congress and the White House on the need for increased cancer-related appropriations.  More than 30 LIVESTRONG advocates were part of OVAC’s National Day of Lobbying on July 7 and 8th in Washington, DC which included a total of more than 131 meetings among the entire team with the offices of elected officials.

“All offices shared their support various degrees of support to make cancer a national priority.  I was most impressed with the support showed by Senator Booker’s office.  His Legislative Assistant, Christian, was impressive to meet with,” said Brian.  “Senator Booker has been active in the area of health and cancer.  He has been in office since October 2013 and has already signed on to support many bills and priorities, such as the National Institute of Health (NIH) funding letter.”  Brian went on to say, “Cancer is a nonpartisan issue.  We are all affected by cancer in some way.  This is my third OVAC National Lobby Day. I am a cancer survivor and I will continue to meet with our elected officials in a professional, honest and constructive manner to see cancer is truly made a national priority.”

Brian Dowd is an 8 year testicular cancer survivor and has been a volunteer, fundraiser and advocate for The LIVESTRONG Foundation since his diagnosis in May 2006.  This was his third time representing The LIVESTRONG Foundation and the State of New Jersey as an OVAC delegate.

About the LIVESTRONG Foundation

The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. Created in 1997, the Foundation is known for providing free cancer support services and advocating for policies that improve access to care and quality of life. Known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.5 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $500 million to support cancer survivors. One of America’s top non-profit organizations, the Foundation has been recognized by industry leaders including Charity Navigator, the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.

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