Please Wear Purple on Nov. 21 to Raise Awareness for Pancreatic Cancer
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a constituent and someone who has been impacted by pancreatic cancer, I am asking for your support in raising awareness for the world's toughest cancer by wearing purple on Nov. 21.
Nov. 21 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day --- a day when pancreatic cancer advocates across the globe unite to shine a light on the disease and the research investment needed to improve patient outcomes. Will you join me in the fight, and wear purple to show your support for your constituents who have been touched by this devastating disease?
I urge you to post a picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of you wearing purple on Thursday, Nov. 21. You can personalize your message by sharing a statistic about pancreatic cancer such as: * Only 9% of Americans with #pancreaticcancer survive 5+ yrs. I'm wearing purple on #WPCD to support those impacted by our nation's toughest cancer. pancan.org/november #PANCaware *#Pancreaticcancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. I'm wearing purple on #WPCD to raise awareness of the world's deadliest major cancer. pancan.org/november #PANCaware * I'm raising awareness for #pancreaticcancer, the world's deadliest major cancer. Join me & prioritize lifesaving cancer research. pancan.org/november #WPCD #PANCaware
Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. This year alone, more than 56,000 Americans will be diagnosed. It is the only major cancer in the U.S. with a five-year survival rate in the single digits at just 9 percent. Medical research does not work on a fiscal year calendar, and thousands of patients and researchers are counting on you to once again work in a bipartisan manner to complete the FY20 appropriations process. I urge you to make pancreatic cancer research a priority by providing $10 million to support a dedicated pancreatic cancer research program at the Department of Defense for high-risk, high-impact research to accelerate progress. Additionally, I ask that you provide the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with at least a $2.5 billion increase, including at least a $378 million increase for the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Thank you for considering my request. I'll be looking for you in purple on Nov. 21!
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