The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network(ACSCAN) hosted and celebrated its 2013 Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. September 8-11, 2013. All fifty states were represented and a ton of activities take place at Lobby Day.
ACSCAN members are cancer advocates. At the annual Lobby Day event, there are general sessions, breakout workshops as well as visits with Congressional members - senators, representatives and/or their staffers. The conference also includes fundraising through the Silent Auction and the Lights of Hope Ceremony. And naturally there is time for networking and having fun.
A sea of blue shirts can be seen on Capitol Hill -- in the Dirksen, Hart and Russell Senate Office Buildings as well as the Longworth, Rayburn and Cannon House Office Buildings. Advocates eagerly meet with their elected officials or their staffers to discuss the legislation that will greatly impact the cancer community.
Advocates share their personal stories with those on Capitol Hill to instill upon them the urgency of making cancer a top priority in the United States which is in need of critical funding for research and prevention.
Attending Lobby Day is an awesome opportunity for cancer advocates.