Today is the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day, and we're proud to be one of over 300 partner organizations supporting this important Day of Action. Advocates on Capitol Hill are asking Congress to make funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority and thanking Members of Congress for their willingness to explore innovative ways to increase the NIH budget.
Thanks to NIH-funded research, children with cancer are living longer, healthier lives. But there is much more to be done, as childhood cancer remains the #1 disease killer of children in the United States and many childhood cancers continue to be terminal upon diagnosis or relapse.
We cannot allow flat funding or additional budget cuts to undermine progress in medical research at a time when we are on the cusp of exciting new advances. If Congress fails to make NIH funding a national priority, thousands of researchers across the country will be at serious risk of losing research grant funding, and with it the ability to carry out lifesaving research.
We hope you'll join the #RallyMedRes effort today, in the middle of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, by asking Congress to increase funding for the NIH with budget increases that are robust, sustainable and predictable in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 and beyond.