A few weeks ago we talked about the negative impact sequestration would have on federal cancer research and programs. As expected, the 5.1% across-the-board sequestration cuts went into effect on March 1, 2013.
Sequestration means the National Institutes of Health (NIH) biomedical research budget will now be cut by $1.5 billion, including a $250 million cut to cancer research at the National Cancer Institute. By some estimates, this will lead to 1,380 fewer research grants being funded this year at NIH. These cuts are coming during a promising time in scientific and medical research.
In light of the ongoing budget debate, thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C. on April 8, 2013, to call on elected officials to make life-saving medical research funding a national priority. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and more than 150 national organizations will be joined by thousands of advocates, survivors, researchers, clinicians, business leaders and members of the general public at the Rally for Medical Research (rallyformedicalresearch.org).
What you can do to help:
Attend: If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, consider attending the Rally for Medical Research on April 8. The Rally will take place at 11 am ET on the steps of the Carnegie Library, across the street from the Washington Convention Center (801 K Street, NW).
Watch Online: For those who cannot be in Washington, D.C. on April 8, the Rally will be streamed live over YouTube.
Post to Social Media: Supporting organizations are using Facebook and Twitter (#RallyMedRes) to promote the Rally on social media. Additional social media tools and information can be found here.
The LIVESTRONG Foundation is supporting the Rally for Medical Research because we believe this unified call to action will raise awareness about the critical need for a sustained investment in the NIH to improve health, spur more progress, inspire more hope and save more lives. We encourage you to join us in this effort as well.