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Letter to the Editor: From Higganum to D.C., Making the Cancer Fight a Top Priority

The views stated here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors of this newspaper. We welcome supporting or opposing views on any published item. Received September 21, 2022.

Last week, I had the honor of representing Connecticut on Capitol Hill.  Along with roughly 600 of my fellow American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers from across the country, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to urge lawmakers to make cancer a national priority.

Together, we called on Congress to support lifesaving policies that help people prevent and treat cancer.  We asked legislators for their support in increasing federal funding for cancer research and prevention, and to support increasing the diversity of those enrolled in clinical trials.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Maria Costigan in Congressman Joe Courtney’s office and tell her that cancer touches every community.  I also let her know that the people of Connecticut and many others across the country rely on them to support legislation that will help reduce the cancer burden and protect our communities.

With about 1,670 people dying from cancer daily, we must take legislative action on these crucial issues.  Congress should seize the opportunity to pass critical, bipartisan legislation to help save lives and end cancer as we know it.

I encourage you to join us, giving us a stronger and louder voice in the fight against cancer.  Visit to be connected to people like me in your community.

Donna Rogers, Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)


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