National Ovarian Cancer Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.
March 5, 2019
Earlier this month, a delegation of 10 MIOCA representatives traveled to Washington, D.C. to join almost 100 advocates in the National Ovarian Cancer Advocacy Day, coordinated by our national partners at the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance. The MIOCA team included six ovarian cancer survivors and two caregivers, five of whom received a MIOCA Advocacy scholarship to support their participation! Following a day of advocacy training, our team visited our two Michigan Senators and eight of our Representatives to advocate for increased funding for ovarian cancer research and education, including:
- $6.5 billion for the National Cancer Institute
- $9.5 million for the Ovarian Cancer Control Initiative at the CDC
- $12 million for Johanna’s Law at the CDC
- $35 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Program, housed within the Department of Defense
Overall, our team was very well received and felt significant support from our Congressional Representatives. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, who have been long-time allies, expressed their continued commitment to our efforts. Representative Elisa Slotkin, who spoke publicly during her recent campaign about her mother’s death from Ovarian Cancer, has already become a strong advocate, and has joined the Ovarian Cancer Caucus and signed a letter of support for our increased funding requests.
While these meetings were important, the follow up that happens throughout the year on both the national and state levels is equally important. For this reason, MIOCA has developed a new Advocacy Committee which will stay informed about pending legislation and help organize grassroots advocacy when needed. If you are interested in joining, please send an email through the “Contact Us” page and specify that you are interested in Advocacy.