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Lurie Cancer Center Patient Advocate on Capitol Hill

Lurie Cancer Center Patient Advocate on Capitol Hill
 On May 16, 2013, the Northwestern University Office of Government Relations accompanied patient advocate Heather Schumacher to meetings on Capitol Hill to talk about her experience with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and her successful treatment at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.  Heather was in Washington, D.C. for the Association of American Cancer Institutes’ (AACI) annual Capitol Hill Day. The cancer advocacy day was co-hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends)
Heather met with several Illinois Delegation offices, including legislative staff representing Reps. Peter Roskam, Bill Foster, Danny Davis, Tammy Duckworth, Jan Schakowsky, Aaron Schock, Mike Quigley, and John Shimkus, as well as staff from the offices of Sens. Durbin and Kirk. She also met with Rep. Brad Schneider.  Heather shared her story of her battle with cancer at a young age, and the hope that the Lurie Cancer Center offered her.  She made a compelling, personalized case for why it is so important for Congress to provide steady funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which supports National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers like the Lurie Cancer Center. 
Watch the video of Heather’s Story made before the 2012 Cancer Survivors’ Celebration & Walk last year.

(Last updated on May 23, 2013 )