Representatives Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) will be honored with the Cancer Research Ally Award at the 2021 AACI/AACR Hill Day, which will be held virtually on Wednesday, June 9. Both congressmen will deliver remarks as part of the event’s lunchtime programming.
Rep. Higgins has demonstrated his support for cancer research, patients with cancer, and improving the quality of cancer care during 16 years in Congress. Among many cancer-related accomplishments, he serves as co-chair of the House Cancer Caucus and co-leads the annual “Dear Colleague” letter for National Cancer Institute funding. He represents Buffalo and the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Rep. Bilirakis has been a long-time advocate for cancer research funding through the National Institutes of Health and is passionate about issues including rare and pediatric cancers. Most recently, he was a lead sponsor of the AACI-endorsed CLINICAL TREATMENT Act, which was included in the FY 2021 budget and COVID response package agreed to in December 2020. Rep. Bilirakis represents parts of the Tampa Bay area, which is also home to the Moffitt Cancer Center. He has been a strong advocate for the cancer center during his 14 years in Congress.