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April 4, 2014
by Monica Smith

BCAN awareness monthFINAL LOGOWe need your help to pass the resolution recognizing May as National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month.  By passing the resolution, we hope to increase public awareness about the disease and empower those living with bladder cancer.  We hope that you will join us in support of this initiative.

To contact your Representative by email, visit http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ You may have to enter additional information if your zip code spans multiple Congressional districts.  Additional information can either be the ZIP+4, if you know it, or your full street address.

From there, click on the envelop link to email your Representative. You may also send a physical letter to your Representative’s Washington DC office.

We’ve provided a sample letter below, but it is important to write a letter that is personal to you.  The first paragraph should include the request as stated below, but the rest of the letter can be modified or completely rewritten to include your story. The letter should not exceed one page.

 

The Honorable ___________

United States House of Representatives

[Your rep.'s office]

Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Rep. ______,

 

[I am a bladder cancer patient/survivor, OR I am a loved one of a bladder cancer patient/survivor OR I am a healthcare professional and support those living with bladder cancer.]  I am writing to ask that you add your name as a cosponsor of H. Res. 538 introduced by Rep. Matt Cartwright and Rep. Mike Rogers recognizing May 2014 as Bladder Cancer Awareness Month.

 

[ADD OR REPLACE YOUR STORY – the statistics are less important than how you have been affected and what Bladder Cancer Awareness Month means to you.]  Bladder cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer. In 2014, it is estimated that nearly 74,000 men and women will be diagnosed and more than 15,000 will die from bladder cancer.  Men are diagnosed with the disease more frequently than women, but women are diagnosed at a later stage of the illness when it is less treatable.  The disease often recurs, and testing and treatments are highly invasive greatly impacting a patient’s quality of life.

 

There are 500,000 people living in the United States with bladder cancer, yet there is little public awareness.  With the establishment of National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, we hope to educate the public and save lives.

 

I care deeply about bladder cancer because it has had such an impact on my life.  If you would like to learn more about bladder cancer and its impact on American families, please contact the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

 

Thank you for your consideration.  Please support H. Res. 538.

 

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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