Take Action to Encourage Congress to Complete Work on FY2020 Funding Package

Urge Congress to Fund a Dedicated Pancreatic Cancer Research Program at the DoD.

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Cancer Research Funding Cannot Wait

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I care deeply about medical research funding at both the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Department of Defense (DoD). I strongly urge you to pass a final FY2020 package before the end of the calendar year so critical lifesaving cancer research can continue.

Pancreatic cancer is a powerful example of why robust, sustained and predictable medical research funding is critical.

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 with the disease. It is the only major cancer in the U.S. with a five-year survival rate in the single digits at just 9 percent.

There is no early detection strategy for pancreatic cancer and few effective treatment options. Research funding is the key to solving this challenging disease and changing these devastating statistics.

Medical research does not work on a fiscal year calendar. Thousands of patients and researchers are counting on you to once again work in a bipartisan manner to complete the FY2020 appropriations process.

Furthermore, in the case of a full-year continuing resolution (CR), none of the high-risk, high-reward research programs at the DoD would be funded in FY2020, halting a vital research pipeline. I urge you to make pancreatic cancer research a priority by:

* Passing a Defense Appropriations bill that includes $10 million for a dedicated pancreatic cancer research program

* Passing a Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) Appropriations bill that provides a $3 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health, as included in the Senate version of the LHHS bill and a proportional increase for the NCI

Along with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, I am appreciative of the bipartisan progress Congress has made to prioritize cancer research. I hope you will continue to work with your colleagues to complete the appropriations process and pass a long-term funding package.

Thank you for considering my request.


Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]