Fitzpatrick Pushes for Increased Cancer Awareness, Research Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) spoke at a congressional briefing Thursday on the progress of cancer research in America, days after announcing he would be supporting increased research funding for the federal Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PPCRP).
“While [my diagnosis] has given me a new outlook on life, it has also made me a better advocate for the rights of citizens dealing with cancer. I am more passionate than ever about expressing the need for additional money for cancer research to ensure that this disease is thoroughly overcome,” said Fitzpatrick addressing the crowd. “In both the 112th and 113th Congresses, I joined a bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress calling for continued support to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for their important medical research.”
The briefing, hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), highlighted the findings of the group’s 2013 Cancer Progress Report which featured Fitzpatrick, a cancer survivor himself. Currently, there are 14 million survivors in the United States.
"We are honored to have Congressman Fitzpatrick at our briefing this afternoon,” said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the American Association for Cancer Research. “As a strong supporter of NIH funding, he graciously shared his story in our Cancer Progress Report and remains a key partner in our mission to prevent and cure cancer.”
Earlier in the week, Fitzpatrick met with Miss Philadelphia’s Outstanding Teen 2014, Carlye Zeringue of Richboro and her mother, Sharon – a Melanoma survivor – to discuss the importance of Melanoma awareness and research. Fitzpatrick is a member of the Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus and is advocating for $40 million in funding for the PPCRP – including efforts to include Melanoma as one of the cancer’s eligible for funding.
“Working to increase awareness and research funding is critical to sustaining advances in science and healthcare, determining the best prevention and treatment practices, and to ultimately help us gain a better understanding of the diseases that affect millions of Americans,” said Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick has been an ardent supporter of the NIH, working to solidify $29.9 billion in funding for FY2014 – a $1 billion increase from the previous year. On top of advocating for increased funding, Fitzpatrick has supported legislation to combat breast cancer and to prioritize research efforts for pediatric diseases.
Fitzpatrick is a member of the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, Skin Cancer Caucus, and Rare Disease Caucus.
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.