The Honorable John Doe
2222 Senate Building
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Re: S. 746 Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2015
Dear Senator John Doe:
As someone in your district who has lost family and friends to breast cancer, I urge you to vote “Yes” on Senate bill 746. Here are a few pertinent reasons why from the National Breast Cancer Coalition:
- 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life.
- 200,000 Americans per year diagnosed with this disease.
- There are more than 2 million women and men living with breast cancer in America today.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
- This year alone, over 40,000 women will die from breast cancer.
- This bill seeks to eliminate breast cancer by 2020. This is only 5 years but it is an excitingly feasible plan.
- In 2010, breast cancer care cost the United States $16.5 billion dollars.
- By 2020, with no further public funding for research, this amount could rise to $20.5 billion.
Last year, a 24-year-old friend of mine since elementary school was diagnosed with breast cancer. This diagnosis came just 5 years after she lost her mother to the same disease. My friend was lucky enough to make it to her dream wedding this past weekend, but her dream to have children and live a long, happy life will likely never happen. Her cancer has metastasized, spreading to her bones. She may not have long, but it is our hope that her story and the hundreds of thousands like her will spur our country’s resolve to find a cure.
We see pink ribbons everywhere and nearly every family in America has been impacted, but awareness is not enough. Private funding is only able to go so far. Private organizations invest money where they believe they will see the most cost benefit. This means some research is avoided or abandoned due to financial or technical difficulties.
This bipartisan bill helps find the cure by creating a commission that is exclusively dedicated to finding promising research opportunities that are in need of funding, thereby facilitating partnerships and research between public and private entities. This maximizes our country’s efforts to find a cure and ensures that public funding is spent in a non-duplicative way.
Please take the time to co-sponsor this bill and vote “Yes.” No more lives should have to be lost nor should families have to be broken by a disease that we can work together to end in just 5 years.
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