My day in Austin at the capitol lobbying for CPRIT was a new experience for me. I’ve never done that sort of work before. It was tiring and exhilarating all at the same time. Kind of like skydiving!
CPRIT stands for Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Back in 2007 it was a proposition voted into being by the people of Texas to provide 3 BILLION dollars over a period of 10 years to fund cancer research and prevention. It was funded by selling bonds in 2010. With the money then available, Texas attracted 160 researchers including recent Nobel Prize winner Dr. Jim Allison. It delivered 4.7 million in prevention services to Texans in all 254 counties. The Rose received a nice chunk of that and used it to provide preventive services.
It’s up for renewal and at the request of The Rose, a non-profit breast cancer organization, I went to Austin to talk to lawmakers and urge them to support it. I was part of an amazing team organized by Charlie Gagen-Grassroots Director-ASCAN.
The most amazing thing was that I got to spend the day with a ROCKSTAR of the cancer researchers, Christopher Amos. He is researching lung cancer and came back to Houston because he was offered a 6 MILLION dollar grant from CPRIT to continue his research at Baylor College of Medicine.
I also was privileged to be in the company of a Texas Government Affairs Director for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Dana Bacon. Plus, there was Randy Cubriel-attorney and lobbyist. He’s Chair of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Board of Trustees.
These guys are my heroes.
It was quite a day. My BFF Barbara Ann Miles McGraw went too.
We met with Senators and Representatives. It was thrilling to talk, be respected and heard. Made a Facebook friend in Senator Whitmire’s office, Natasha Thomas!!
You can make your voice heard too. Please take a minute to sign the petition to urge our lawmakers to support fully funding CPRIT, ensuring Texas remains a leader in the fight against cancer. Here’s the link: https://www.fightcancer.org/states/texas…