September 20, 2006

Crapo Joins Cancer Activists on National Mall

Pledges continued support for cancer research

Washington, DC â?? Today Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with other Idaho cancer survivors on the National Mall as part of the â??Celebration on the Hill,â?? an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Crapo met with cancer activists from Blackfoot, Boise, Burley, Coeur dâ??Alene, Eagle, Heyburn, Homedale, Idaho Falls, Mountain Home, Pocatello, Post Falls, Shoshone, Silverton and Twin Falls to discuss federal funding for cancer research and congressional priorities.â??As a two-time cancer survivor, I share a very personal connection with you,â?? Crapo told the group assembled in a tent near the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. â??It is important that we work together to actively defeat cancer and promote cancer awareness and education. Cancer touches so many lives in our country, killing 1,500 people every day, striking one of two men and one out of three women. But with the investments we have made in research, prevention, and early detection and care, people are living with cancer and beating this disease rather than dying from it. I will continue to actively work to educate my fellow Senators and to push for policies and funding that will allow us to continue to make progress against this disease.â??Crapo has signed the Congressional Cancer Promise, which sets out a four-pronged agenda to make health system reform a priority, elevate prevention and early detection efforts, increase research commitments and expand access to care. Crapo, who has survived two bouts with prostate cancer, is a recognized advocate for cancer prevention and hosts yearly health awareness booths at regional fairs in Idaho.