Cancer Champions on Capitol Hill: Senator Susan Collins
Each month we are 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 Sen. Susan Collins of Maine as a cancer champion for her work in advocating for legislation that improves access to cancer screening and care, increases funding for cancer research, and supports caregivers.
In this short video, Sen. Collins shares more about her advocacy priorities, including the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. “I coauthored this law, which is helping us to mount a coordinated national strategy to assist the 53 million Americans who provide care for loved ones,” she notes.
Both Sen. Collins and the Cancer Support Community understand and recognize the importance of supporting caregivers. Becoming a caregiver may seem scary or overwhelming. Know that you are not alone. The Caregiver Action Network estimates that during any given year more than 65 million people in the United States spend about 20 hours each week caring for an ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend. Find videos, guides, and other educational resources for caregivers.
“As we continue to make scientific advancements against this terrible disease, we know that community is stronger than cancer.”
— Sen. Susan Collins
Would you like to become a cancer advocate?
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. Anyone can sign up for our Grassroots Network. To become an advocate, all it takes is passion and a willingness to engage.