With the President's decision to make cancer research one of his top five priorities, asking an already fired-up-for-medical-research Congress to work with him and Vice President Biden to fuel medical progress this year, 2016 has early hallmarks of good news for patients and researchers alike. Our new survey data shows that the public is paying attention and is supportive, up to and including saying they would pay more in taxes to support the "moonshot." While this isn't on the table, per se, it is a wonderful expression of solidarity around a goal that is and always will be non-partisan.
But partisan politics are alive and well in this election year! We have heard from some of the presidential candidates about their commitment to medical research but voters still say they want to hear more. Perhaps the full-throated leadership of members of Congress like the special two we will be honoring at our awards dinner next month, Senator Roy Blunt and Congressman Tom Cole, will influence those further "up ticket" to speak out. And, I hope you will do some of that 'urging' yourself. Call on us for ideas and assistance.
I close this month's message with a heavy heart, thinking of the death of Research!America's former board chair and long-time leader and supporter, William G. Anlyan, M.D. Bill made an enormous difference in our world, inspiring me and countless others to doing all we can to commit to finding solutions to what ails us. He will be deeply missed.