Build Relationships with Your Elected Officials


For the next few weeks, the U.S. House and Senate will be in recess and many members will be in their home state for a summer work period. This is a great time to contact your Congressional officials to share your story, invite them to a cancer-related function, or tell them how important funding for cancer research and programs are to you.

Several great LIVESTRONG Foundation interactions with members of Congress occurred over the last several weeks, and we wanted to share details with you. We believe each example illustrates the importance of advocacy, sharing individual stories, and building relationships with elected officials.

Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) rode with Team LIVESTRONG at RAGBRAI on July 26 after receiving an invitation by Iowa LIVESTRONG advocates Jen Hoeger, Josh Larsen and Tina Anderson during the One Voice Against Cancer lobby day. Congressman Braley spoke about how cancer has touched his family, tweeted about the ride, and posted pictures on Instagram.


On July 31, during an event for the 4000 mile grassroots Million Dollar Marathon relay, LIVESTRONG Foundation Director of Health Policy, Loyce Pace Bass, spoke about the Foundation and our work on behalf of people living with cancer before a group run with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA).


LIVESTRONG Government Relations Director, Cameron Krier, hosted Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) at a LIVESTRONG funded Camp Kesem site in O?Brien, Florida. Camp Kesem allows college student volunteers to run free summer camps throughout the country for children affected by a parent?s cancer. Congressman Yoho toured the camp facilities, met with the campers and learned about the many community impact programs that receive funding from the Foundation.

These are just a few examples of how LIVESTRONG Foundation advocates are building relationships with elected officials, highlighting the work of the foundation, and advocating for the cancer research and programs. Contact your member of Congress during the August work period and do the same!

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