On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, brain tumor advocates from across the country descended on Capitol Hill to share their stories and advocate for public policy issues that are important to the brain tumor community. In its fifth year, Head to the Hill set a record attendance with more than 200 advocates from 38 states attending more than 180 meetings with members of Congress or their staff. In addition to those who attended in person, more than 40 people participated in the Head to the Hill call-in day.
The brain tumor community continues to show that there will be no rest until better treatments and ultimately a cure are found. Joining advocates for her first trip to Head to the Hill, National Brain Tumor Society CEO Sally Davis stated that she was “moved by the passion, enthusiasm, and commitment of everyone involved and beyond impressed with the way this large group came together as one – even as we fanned out across Capitol Hill – to stand up for the needs of brain tumor patients, survivors, and caregivers.”
Advocates, both new and experienced, articulated their personal connection to brain tumors that emphasized the importance of increased funding for the National Institutes of Health, more affordable oral chemotherapy medication, and inclusion of pediatric brain tumors as an eligible topic in the Department of Defense’s Peer Review Cancer Research Program.
To read more about the issues the advocates were discussing with Congress, check out our 2015 Legislative Agenda.
Here is what some of our brain tumor advocates had to say about Head to the Hill 2015:
“Thank you so much…this was a great event. I’m grateful for all the planning and insights…I made some new friends as well! Much love and gratitude.”
“It was an honor to represent my home state on behalf of my father and the National Brain Tumor Society. I hope he is proud. It was both a healing and rewarding experience, and I hope our voices had an impact.”
“My voice was definitely heard. Thank you for all of your hard work and effort that you put into this. It personally means a lot to me.”
“I loved the experience! So happy we could come and participate and can’t wait to do it again next year”
If you weren’t able to join us this year, we hope you will consider being a part of Head to the Hill next year. Be on the lookout for a save the date email in the coming months.
Thank you for your participation in Head to the Hill 2015. Together we will continue to drive our agenda forward toward better treatments, stronger research, and ultimately a cure.
Check out Head to the Hill 2015 social media impact and pictures here.