Cancer Champions on Capitol Hill: Rep. Tom Cole
Each month we have been spotlighting a member of Congress who supports legislation and initiatives that make a difference in the lives of people impacted by cancer. This month, we recognize Rep. Tom Cole of the 4th Congressional District of Oklahoma as a cancer champion for his work in advocating for investments and advancements in cancer research.
Watch this short video of Rep. Cole as he shares the story of friend and colleague Deby Snodgrass, who is a cancer survivor. Rep. Cole also notes that he has seen firsthand “the difference that cancer research can make,” through his friends and through meeting with renowned research scientist Dr. James Allison.
As we celebrate and lift up cancer survivors during National Cancer Survivorship Month, there is no better opportunity to reflect on and appreciate the advancements we have seen in cancer research, treatment, and survivorship. In 2022, there are more than 17 million cancer survivors. Yet, survivorship can present challenges that require and deserve our attention.
"I’ve seen that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle want to work and advance [cancer research]. And we have a President that very much wants to do that same thing. So, this is a great opportunity for us to make the investments for the benefit of all mankind."
— Rep. Tom Cole
Anyone passionate about making a difference in the lives of people impacted by cancer can help change laws and policies that affect cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Our Cancer Policy Institute runs a grassroots advocacy network where members can receive information on policy decisions affecting the cancer community. Members also learn about ways to get involved in shaping policy decisions.