Today was a memorable day for me here in Washington DC as I took to Capitol Hill to lobby for more cancer research funding. It was a beautiful day, a warm 85 degrees, an aggressive wind, and clear blue skies–a beautiful backdrop for the survivors and advocates fighting for survival and congressional consistency.
I met with 3 CT congressional staff and while the survivors told their story and shared the numbers, I sat with the grilling eyes letting them know we mean business. Lobbying for cancer research is harder than you might think, because while everyone is against cancer, it’s a tough economical time for the country and congress has to make tough decisions with a limited budget. The representatives are also exhausted after the healthcare overhaul so any more work seams daunting.
But it was our job to have our voice heard and let Congress know that fighting cancer is still a big concern all across the country and many of these survivors don’t have the luxury of using lack of finances or exhaustion as reasons to ignore the disease… and that was our message.
The whole lobbying experience felt really patriotic–whether it was visiting the offices and getting our voices heard or just walking around the capitol, it felt really good. I can say though, that many of the house and senate offices aren’t as regal as you’d expect them to be: gray carpet and crammed staffer desks like any office building.
I hope you all have a wonderful night and a fantastic Friday! It’s been a long week and it feels good to call it close to over!
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