2022 Spring Advocacy Days

Advocacy Groups | <b>KidneyCAN</b>

KidneyCAN is partnering with several organizations to rally delegates from all over the United States to advocate for federal funding for kidney cancer research.

KidneyCAN is partnering with several organizations to rally delegates from all over the United States to advocate for federal funding for kidney cancer research.

We need delegates – patients, caregivers, family, friends, doctors, researchers, or anyone who is affected by kidney cancer – to tell Congress about the impact of the disease and the need for research funding.

Every year, Congress allots a specific amount of money for medical research funding. This money isn’t a given. We’ve had to fight for it, year after year. Specifically, we are requesting funding for the Kidney Cancer Research Program (KCRP), which is part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH). That money is then awarded to kidney cancer researchers through grants.

Just recently, in 2016, the amount of money Congress specifically appropriated for kidney cancer research was ZERO dollars. For 2021, it was $50 million. This kind of change is the result of relentless advocacy from our grassroots army.

We’d love to have you for Advocacy Days. Please register to be a delegate. You don’t need any prior experience or special skills. Delegates are provided with training and a toolkit so that you can share your story with Congressional representatives in meetings via Zoom. You’ll help them understand the impact of kidney cancer on people’s lives and the urgent need for a cure.