The Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (DOD BCRP) is an innovative and efficient research program that was created due to the work of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and other breast cancer advocates.Â I feel very strongly about this program because I was there lobbying for its birth. It was the first program to have advocates at the table deciding where the research money should be spent, and I have continued to be impressed at the way it has been able to support novel research that no one else would fundâ€”including my first grant!
Now, the DOD BCRP is in serious jeopardy. Why? The House of Representatives has included language in the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that will drastically affect the program by severely limiting the ability of the DOD Peer-reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program to include the most qualified scientists, clinicians and consumers on the Integration Panel, which makes decisions about research funding. It is critical that this not happen. It is by having advocates and cutting edge scientists that the DOD BCRP is able to cut through business as usual and get to the work of eradicating breast cancer.
What can you do?
Contact Defense Appropriations Chairman John Murtha TODAY and tell him that this is unacceptable! CALL (202.225.2065) or FAX (202.225.5709) Chairman Murtha TODAY, sending this message:
Chairman Murtha, don’t destroy the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program that you helped to build. Take out the language!
It has never been more important for you to make your voices heard loud and clear. Please act immediately to save the DOD BCRP