Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness: Rebecca's Message



Rebecca Del Galdo, an Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM) employee and metastatic breast cancer patient shares her message of hope that one day terminal stage IV breast cancer diagnoses are a thing of the past.

You can help put an end to this disease by demanding an increase in federal funding for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) budget. Just a .7% increase in the NIH budget would grant researchers $211 million to help find a cure for metastatic breast cancer. Demand support by contacting your representatives today:

– Click on this link to find your Congressperson and Senators:
– Click on your state and then find your representative’s name and click on it.
– On the representative’s page, you will then see CONTACT highlighted in red. Click on the link next to it and complete the information. They will usually ask for your Name, Address, Zip Code, etc. There will then be a space to copy and paste the letter which we’ve included below.
– Don’t forget to send a total of 3 emails: your 2 senators and your Congressman/woman.
– Sending a letter by mail is not a good idea because it goes through a long security process.

HERE IS THE SUGGESTED WORDING TO COPY AND PASTE INTO YOUR EMAIL MESSAGE:

“I ask your support and passage of a 2015 federal budget that increases funding for the National Institutes of Health to $30.36 billion – this is $211 million or .7 percent above the FY 2014 level – as proposed by the Director of the NIH and the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network President. The NIH funds important biomedical research that increases basic scientific knowledge that is applied to reduce illness burden and lengthen lives.

Congress’ commitment to NIH funding has declined significantly since 2008. When inflation is taken into account and the costs of research are considered, the decline in funding has meant that fewer good research proposals are funded and talented young scientists leave research and seek opportunities in other professions. Congress’ decrease in funding for the NIH has slowed medical advances and hurt patients.

Please show that you are committed to the people of our district and state by talking with your Congressional colleagues about the need to support the NIH Director’s proposed budget and pass a budget to reflect his request.”

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