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      Fight Colorectal Cancer

Survivors, family members, and advocates have been fighting for colorectal cancer research funding for over a decade.  Sequestration has implemented budget cuts that will cause us to take a step back in finding a cure for colorectal cancer. This petition is about supporting talented and dedicated researchers who are on the front lines searching for a cure.


We understand lawmakers have tough decisions to make in this budget environment. However, cancer is a disease that is expected to kill 580,000 Americans this year is inherently a national priority. As Congress prepares its fiscal year 2014 budget, lawmakers must put politics aside and prioritize the fight against a disease that does not discriminate based on political party, race, religion or creed. Without a national commitment to restore, increase and sustain investment in medical research, cancer will continue to take too many of our loved ones.


On June 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted on spending limits for each of the individual fiscal year (FY) 2014 appropriations bills. The impact of sequestration to Cancer Research is severe.

The allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education spending bill, which provides funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is $164.33 billion, which is $14.6 billion above current spending levels. An allocation at this level would restore medical research funding, which was cut significantly this year ($1.5 billion) as a result of sequestration.

Comparatively, the House’s Labor-HHS-Education spending bill allocation is $121.8 billion, $27.8 billion (or 18.6 percent) below current sequester-level spending, which puts funding for the NIH and CDC at risk for severe cuts.

While the Senate action under Chairman Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) leadership is welcomed news, the prospect for passing a Labor-HHS-Education spending bill at the Senate level is unclear and will hinge largely on whether Congress can research a deal on avoiding another sequester of federal funding in 2014.

On July 9th, the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee will consider its spending.


On that same day that the Senate Committee convenes, our Fight Colorectal Cancer advocates will be on the Hill,  working with our partners at Once Voice Against cancer to make sure we stand together and fight for funding for medical research!

Sign the petition, and we'll share your voice on the Hill!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Ligia Werner GLASTONBURY, CT
      • 9 months ago

      Lost several family members to this horrific disease

    • suzanne andreyev CHESHIRE, CT
      • 9 months ago

      family history of cancer

      • 9 months ago

      My daughter-in-law is a colon cancer survivor. She is just 37 and a wonderful mother to my two grandsons. Anything that can help to eradicate this horrible disease needs attention. My husband also died of adenocarcinoma at age 48.

    • Edith Bruce MERIDEN, CT
      • 9 months ago

      I am a 38 year old Hispanic female with a family history of colon cancer. In May 2013, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. In the weeks that followed I went through extensive tests, finally had surgery to remove it. It was stage one cancer. I am very fortunate to be alive, and cancer free. My husband was amazing through this all. My boys ages 4 & 10 are my everything--can't imagine them without their mommy. I think that insurance companies need to start the colorectal screenings at an earlier age. Please continue research to find a cure for colon cancer as future generations depend on it. We need not to step back, but step forward & continue the path to discovering a cure. Politicians stand up, and speak up as this story could be you, your parent, child or loved one.

      Edith Bruce

      Meriden, CT

    • Paula Thomas FORT WORTH, TX
      • 9 months ago

      I am a stage IV colon cancer survivor who strongly believes that we need more $$ applied to finding a cure for colorectal cancer. I am doing what I can while I am still on this earth to advocate for more colorectal cancer funding


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