Hello. My name is ________ and I am a constituent and a volunteer with the National Brain Tumor Society. On May 6th, brain tumor advocates from across the country were in Washington DC to meet with their legislators on key brain tumor issues. I am calling today because I too support these issues and stand with them in this effort.
I would like to ask the SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE to support funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the FDA in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.
The NIH is the largest funder of brain tumor research in the country and provides access to clinical trials and treatment for many brain tumor patients, including children. Funding cuts to the National Cancer Institute alone have resulted in fewer clinical trials for adults and children, and stopped the testing of potential pediatric brain tumor drugs.
In addition, the FDA is working with the National Brain Tumor Society to improve clinical trials and jumpstart brain tumor drug development, and funding for such work must continue so that better treatments and ultimately a cure can be discovered for brain tumors and other cancers.
These issues are very important to me because (GIVE 3 SENTENCES ABOUT WHY THESE ISSUES MATTER TO YOU).
Thank you for your time.