#StepUp: Tell Congress Why COG Matters

StepUplogoThis post is part of a special blog series surrounding Childhood Cancer Action Day. Join the community-wide campaign asking Congress to #StepUp: Support More Funding for Childhood Cancer Research. actionday2014-croppedToday more than 250 childhood cancer advocates are gathering in Washington, DC to receive informational training in preparation for hundreds of scheduled meetings tomorrow with legislators on Capitol Hill. We’re so glad to have them in our nation’s Capital taking part in such an important event for our community.

If you were unable to come to Washington but would like to participate virtually in today’s training, the Livestream feed is available here.

stepup-average4In the spirit of this day of education, we are asking all of you – whether you’re in Washington or at home – to take the opportunity to educate Congress and the general public about the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).

Today, please take a moment to help us spread the word about the COG and why it matters so very much to our children. Through the collaborative research network of the COG, childhood cancer has evolved from a virtually incurable disease 50 years ago to its overall 80 percent survival rate today. By working together under the umbrella of the COG, childhood cancer research and treatment has advanced at a much faster pace than would have been possible with institutions working alone.

Here are a few more facts about the COG that you may not know:

  • The COG is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to pediatric cancer research. COG institutions are not just limited to the United States: there are more than 200 children’s cancer centers in the COG network, including centers in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.
  • At any given time, COG has more than 100 active clinical trials open! The COG relies on steady NCI funding to maintain and grow its clinical trial program.
  • More than 90% of children with cancer in the United States are treated at a COG member institution.

Here's how you can #StepUp today in support of the COG:

  • Write Congress using our simple Action Alert here.
  • SoundOff on Twitter with this link.
  • Spread awareness: Change your social media profile picture to the #StepUp image and keep sharing why childhood cancer research matters using the #StepUp hashtag!

Thank you for taking action!