Cancer awareness organizations team up to ask Congress for $1 billion in research funds


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WATE) – The American Cancer Society Action Network has joined with Stand Up to Cancer to launch a new effort to ask Congress for $1 billion in funding for cancer research.

The campaign is dubbed “One Degree” because the organizations say everyone is just one degree from someone with cancer. They say everyone has a relative, friend or co-worker who has battled the disease. Many have fought cancer themselves or given care to a loved one.

Representatives from the two organizations are traveling to the nation’s capital on Tuesday, March 17, to ask Congress to boost medical research funding by $6 billion over two years, including $1 billion specifically earmarked for cancer research at the National Cancer Institute.

One in two men and one in three women nationally will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This year alone, it is estimated that more than 36,500 Tennessee residents will be diagnosed with cancer and the disease will kill more than 14,200.

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