Donovan Meets With Local Cancer Research Advocates, Calls on Senate to Pass "21st Century Cures Act"
Washington, DC—September 30, 2015....Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) yesterday met with cancer research advocates visiting from Staten Island and Brooklyn on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s Leadership and Advocacy Day. Donovan co-sponsored the 21st Century Cures Act, which passed the House in July. Among other provisions, the legislation provides billions of dollars in funding for medical research to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control; offers new incentives for developing treatments for diseases, including cancer; modernizes clinical trial procedures to produce results faster and cheaper; and removes barriers to increased research collaboration.
Congressman Donovan said, “It’s a true privilege to have a part in passing the 21st Century Cures Act. If it becomes law, this bill would enact reforms to further our understanding of deadly diseases and develop treatments for illnesses that currently lack effective therapies. There are 10,000 known diseases, but there are cures for only 500 of them. Our great country has made tremendous scientific advancements in just the past few decades – let’s double down on that progress and work to rid humanity of some of its deadliest ailments.”
The advocates, led by Staten Islander and Legislative Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Action Network James Pistilli, delivered petitions from hundreds of local residents encouraging Congress to allocate additional resources to disease research. The Cures Act has been delivered to the Senate for further action.
James Pistilli said, “We would like to thank Congressman Donovan for cosponsoring the 21st Century Cures Act, and we look forward to the Senate passing its version to provide the funds necessary to continue vital research for cancer and other chronic diseases.”
Congressman Donovan continued, “I’m grateful for the passionate advocacy of our friends and neighbors. It’s grassroots support like this that helps move important legislation through Congress. I look forward to continuing to partner with my colleagues to ensure medical research receives the attention it deserves. I hope the Senate takes up this cause quickly.”
Donovan’s aunt passed away this past weekend after a battle with cancer.