"Because of You" June E-Update Focus: American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) & Advocacy
In this update, you will find highlights from our Chapter's support of ACS CAN's advocacy work to make cancer issues a top priority with Missouri lawmakers.
Please take a moment to watch this video from ACS CAN President, Lisa Lacasse.
Dr. Eberlein, Director at Siteman Cancer Center, joined ACS CAN staff and volunteers in Washington D.C. for the National ACS CAN Annual Leadership Summit & Cancer Lobby Day. Dr. Eberlein even attended several legislative meetings alongside our volunteers. Nearly 600 advocates gathered at our nation's capitol for this event which concluded with the Lights of Hope ceremony at the Capitol Reflection Pool.
ACS CAN Missouri held it's Cancer Policy Breakfast at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Guest speakers included Dave Minifie (Centene), Dr. Gary Ratkin (Missouri Baptist Medical Center), Dr. Mark Varvares (Saint Louis University), and Susan Kraenzle (RN CBCN at Siteman Cancer Center). Sponsors of the event included Centene Corporation, Ameren Missouri, Astellas, Lilly, Pfizer, Polsinelli, Celgene, AT&T, and UMSL.
During his 2016 State of the Union Address, President Obama called on Vice President Biden to lead a new, national “Moonshot” initiative to eliminate cancer. Biden hosted a nationally televised Cancer Moonshot Summit at Howard University on June 29th, 2016. Our St. Louis ACS office hosted a watch party for the event in partnership with the local chapter of the Cancer Support Community.
Annual Missouri Lobby Day at the Capitol
If we are to succeed in our mission to end suffering and death from cancer, it won't just happen in the doctor's office or research lab. This movement must start at the statehouse and in Congress. Each year at our annual Missouri Lobby Day, ACS volunteers whose lives have been impacted by cancer, rally together in Jefferson City to demand change from their elected officials.
We are thankful to our CEOs Against Cancer Chapter members who have leant us their voices over the years to advocate on behalf of these issues.
The American Cancer Society and ACS CAN are thankful to all of our CEOs Against Cancer Chapter members who supported Amendment 2 in 2020. Together we advocated for more Missourians have access to coverage, screenings, diagnostic testing, treatment services and follow-up care needed to survive.