Identify your State House of Representatives Member and Senator (who serve your local state Capitol) by visiting your state’s legislative website. You may have to Google “[state name] general assembly. You will likely need your 4 digit zip code, however, most sites will direct you as to how to get this.
You are asking the legislators to pass a joint resolution (meaning the House and Senate both sign it) urging Congress to pass HR 653 and S 305. This carries a lot of weight and tells Congress that this issue is very important to the constituents in their states.
Sample letter & email can be found here.
Urging the President and Congress of the United States to support legislative efforts to enact the "National Childhood Brain Tumor Prevention Network Act of 2009"; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, tumors kill more children than any other disease, and brain tumors are the second most common type of cancer in children; and
WHEREAS, childhood brain tumors are the leading cause of death from solid tumors in children; and
WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has recognized and defined new types of brain tumors, many of which occur in children; and
WHEREAS, the causes of most childhood brain tumors are unknown, but it is clear that these tumors have substantial costs for the affected children, their families, and society as a whole and can result in death and the loss of many years of potential life; and
WHEREAS, the prognosis for most children suffering with brain tumors is dismal and survivors face lasting adverse health effects; and
WHEREAS, because of the relatively low overall incidence of childhood brain tumors, such tumors frequently do not receive sufficient attention and research funding; and
WHEREAS, no single institution has a sufficient number of patients to independently conduct research that will adequately address the causes of childhood brain tumors; and
WHEREAS, there has been no comprehensive study analyzing all relevant clinical, biological, and epidemiological aspects of childhood brain tumors to identify potential risk factors and determine the cause of such tumors; and
WHEREAS, existing national cooperative clinical oncology groups primarily investigate treatment options and prognosis and do not typically examine the origins of childhood brain tumors or the risk factors associated with such tumors; and
WHEREAS, a significant majority of children with brain tumors are first treated by neurosurgeons and not by the oncologists typically involved in such groups.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA that this body does hereby urge the Congress of the United States to enact and the President to sign H.R. 653 and S. 305, creating the National Childhood Brain Tumor Prevention Network.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States, and each member of the Georgia congressional delegation.
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Information provided by Marsi Thrash, Healthcare Lobbyist
Last update March 8, 2009