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Protect Brain Tumor Research

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a volunteer with the National Brain Tumor Society, I'm writing to ask you to take action to preserve our nation's investment in medical research. We need you to protect and prioritize the critical funding provided by the National Institutes of Health and the determination of safe and effective therapies by the Food and Drug Administration. We need cures not cuts!

As a community fighting a disease with only a 34% five-year survival rate and just four new therapies in the past thirty years, progress has been inadequate and slow. Brain tumors can strike anyone at any stage of life - children and adults. There is no way to prevent a brain tumor. We need scientific discoveries that will lead to new therapies.

Just two years ago, Congress invested in a breakthrough discovery. Funding provided to the NIH enabled The Cancer Genome Atlas to identify four new subtypes of glioblastoma multiforme, one of the most common and deadliest forms of brain cancer. With this information and the breakthroughs happening in NIH-funded labs all over the country, we are getting closer every day to truly understanding this disease and how to conquer it. Cuts, like those NIH and FDA will see from sequestration, could stifle innovation and undermine previous investment for years to come. We cannot afford further cuts.

Thank you for considering my views.

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