Each June, I join scores of other healthcare professionals, patients and their families in Washington, D.C. at an amazing two-day event, called Advocacy Day. By sharing our experiences with our Congressional representatives, we hope to increase awareness and funding for a cure. Here’s a look at how our time is divided.
Day 1. Advocacy participants will spend the first day with national PANCAN leaders in workshops designed to educate participants on Pancreatic Cancer and provide the necessary training for participants to effectively share their stories with their Congressional representatives.
Day 2. Fellow advocates from all 50 states converge on Capitol Hill to meet with our representatives in the Senate and the House. Office-by-office, we inform them of the reality of Pancreatic Cancer and tell them what they need to do to help make a difference in providing government funding for research and treatment.
I attended this event in 2015, and it actually changed my life. Apart from learning an insane amount about Pancreatic Cancer and, surprisingly, a whole lot about U.S. government, my favorite part was meeting people from my PANCAN family across the country. I still keep in touch regularly with those I met from NJ, PA, and NY, and I know we will always support each other’s teams at PurpleStride each November. And it isn’t only adults either! I met many kids my age and younger while at the event, so it truly is for everyone! Click below to register for Advocacy Day and gain a life-changing experience I wouldn’t trade for the world!