Castor and Fleischmann to be Honored at AACI/AACR/ASCO Hill Day

The 2016 Hill Day will take place on Thursday, May 12. AACI will again co-host the event with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

At a reception on Wednesday, May 11, Representatives Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) will be recognized for their outstanding leadership on behalf of cancer research. Both members of Congress have been outspoken supporters of the NIH and NCI in general, and of cancer centers, in particular. Both representatives intend to accept their awards in person at the Hill Day reception. The reception is scheduled for 6:00-7:30 pm in Room B-354 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The event will bring together cancer center directors, administrators, public and government relations professionals, as well as patient advocates. Advocates will thank Members of Congress for their renewed commitment to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Fiscal Year 2016 and to request a strong investment for these agencies in Fiscal Year 2017 and beyond.

In 2015, Congress passed a bipartisan spending bill, which provided the NIH with a $2 billion increase in federal funding for Fiscal Year 2016- the largest boost in annual appropriations for the NIH since Fiscal Year 2003. While the cancer community appreciates the renewed investment to biomedical research supported by the NIH and the NCI, robust and predictable funding for these important agencies will be necessary in order to continue the fight against cancer. Our nationís cancer centers and their patients depend on predictable and sustainable increases for the NIH and NCI in order to make progress in biomedical research.

Prior to Hill Day, AACI, AACR, and ASCO will host a webinar on advocating for medical research, on Thursday, May 5 at 2:00 pm Eastern. The webinar will provide participants with information on Hill Day, tips for meetings, as well as background information on NIH and NCI funding requests. The webinar will be beneficial for new participants as well as experienced participants. To participate in the webinar please RSVP to Dash Delan at the AACR.

Please contact Jennifer Pegher with questions.