Today is World Cancer Day and also the day the President issued his proposed 2009 budget. In its current form, his spending plan virtually freezes domestic dollars, meaning little to no increases for healthcare or cancer issues.
I understand that our nation faces a lot of different challenges and that while cancer is always at the top of my priority list, it may not be on other people’s. But when 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with this disease and more than half a million lose their lives to cancer every year, this news is certainly pretty grave.
It’s time for more leadership, more attention and more funding for an issue that affects every single American. Hopefully, as the budget negotiations shape up, we will see our leaders do the right thing and support the war against cancer.
On a more positive note, I also wanted you to know about an initiative the LAF is launching which I feel is a strong step in the right direction. Just like with Prop 15, sometimes we can’t wait for the federal government to lead the way. Sometimes we have to grab the reins and that’s just what the “I Love My Smoke-Free Childhood” campaign does. The LAF is teaming up with the International Union Against Cancer to lead this year-long communication, education and advocacy effort to promote smoke-free environments for kids. We picked World Cancer Day to launch this effort and I’m hopeful it will help protect kids from smoking and prevent them from ever picking up the habit. To learn more, click here.
Have a great week and