Rochester, NY - At a press conference held on Wednesday afternoon, April 8th, 2015, at the Rochester Plaza Hotel, Cancer Mission 2020 leaders, including: Gary Mervis, Chairman & Founder, Camp Good Days and Special Times; Congressman Tom Reed, New York's 23rd Congressional District; and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, New York's 25th Congressional District; announced that Clinical Trials Cancer Mission 2020 Act has been reintroduced into the 114th Session of Congress.
Previously H.R. Bill 2301, Clinical Trials Cancer Mission 2020 Act has been now reintroduced into Congress as H.R. Bill 617. H.R. 617 has bipartisan support, and specifically has been developed to amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance the clinical trial registry data bank reporting requirements and enforcement measures.
"Clinical trials are where the answers to cancer are going to come from," said Mervis. "Cancer is the number one cause of death in the Monroe County. If you're a man, your odds of being diagnosed with cancer are 1/2 and if you're a woman, it's 1/3, and it's unacceptable," added Mervis.
H.R. Bill 617 emphasizes the importance of reporting in clinical trial experiments. "Research that fails is just as important as research that succeeds," stated Mervis. "This legislation is aimed specifically at researchers that conduct experiments with federal grant money. We want to make sure that every researcher has access to every clinical trial attempted, so that they can make alterations and adjustments in hopes of developing a cure," said Mervis.
"Cancer touches everyone," said Rep. Reed, author of H.R. 617. "I lost my mother in my arms to lymphoma. Cancer Mission 2020 is going to make cancer a chronic illness by the end of the decade," Reed added.
"I would like to thank my friend, Gary Mervis, and his team at Camp Good Days for their continued work and attention to this important topic. Cancer kills nearly 11,000 people each week. One in three American women and one in two American men will face cancer at some point in their lives. Those are truly startling and unacceptable figures," said Rep. Slaughter, the only microbiologist in Congress. "Congress needs to continue providing the necessary funding, reporting, and accountability, to find a cure for cancer and we need to ensure that this funding is helping as many people as possible, which is exactly what the bill Congressman Reed and I introduced will do. It takes consistent, reliable, long term funding for research, and that's what this bill will ensure."
(L-R) Don Bennett of CONY, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Gary Mervis, and Congressman Tom Reed
Gary Mervis, along with Don Bennett, of Campground Owners of New York¸ announced that every CONY campground in New York State (over 200, with over 1,000,000 visitors annually) would be carrying Cancer Mission 2020 petitions and collecting signatures to try to aid in its efforts to end cancer by the end of the decade.
"CONY is excited to partner with Cancer Mission 2020 and raise awareness for this great cause," said Bennett. "With over 200 campgrounds, we have our goal set very high for signatures this summer."
Cancer Mission 2020 brings together doctors, researchers and other medical practitioners, legislators and government officials, representatives from support and service agencies, cancer patients, and community members, to move forward together as one, leading the way with a new game plan, with the mission to end cancer by the end of this decade.
For more information about CANCER MISSION 2020...THE END OF CANCER BY THE END OF THE DECADE, please check out www.cancermission2020.com.
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