Today was a very special day for the Cancer Support Community as we launched the Cancer Policy Institute, an initiative that furthers our organization’s mission to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.
We are excited to take this next step by advocating on behalf of all people impacted by cancer so that the voices of 13.7 million cancer survivors and their families are heard on Capitol Hill and in state and local legislatures across the country. The Cancer Policy Institute will work to move the agenda that comprehensive, quality cancer care integrates medical care and social and emotional care.
The launch took place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., a beautiful setting that overlooks the Capitol building. Joining us to celebrate were leaders from our affiliates around the country, CSC program participants, as well as many of our advisors, friends, sponsors and fellow advocacy organizations.
We were pleased to honor three members of Congress; Sen. Robert J. Casey Jr. (D-PA), Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); for their strong commitment to people affected by cancer. The event also featured a thought-provoking keynote address from Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, a world-renowned expert in health policy and bioethics who served as a heath policy advisor to the Obama Administration.
In coordination with the launch, 15 CSC affiliate leaders and headquarters staff made the trip to Washington to attend the launch and head to Capitol Hill to meet with their legislators one-on-one to tell them more about CSC’s programs and policy priorities!
We are excited to now begin a new chapter in our organization’s history with the launch of our Cancer Policy Institute.
To learn more about the Cancer Policy Institute and how to get involved, please visit our Policy & Advocacy section.