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March 3, 2010

From: Thomas Kirk, President and CEO

Subject: Support increased prostate research funding – sign-on letters now due Mar 12

UPDATE: Rep. King has decided to extend the deadline to March 12. Also next week, the push on the Senate side will begin, so keep sending your comments to your Congressional elected officials! So far, NY really came on in the last 12 hours or so and VA and CA are pacing everyone. Also – at least one letter has been sent in 43 states – that’s great – now we just need to increase the frequency of those letters. Thank you for your support in this effort!

Representatives Jim Marshall (GA) and Peter King (NY) are currently circulating a letter to colleagues in Washington asking for their support for increased funding for the Prostate Cancer Research Program – part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.

The program's funding has been stagnant at around $80 million for 9 years. Because of the extended leveling of the program, grants to continue research into clinical trials has slowed to a halt and unless Congress acts to increase funding for the PCRP, important research will be forced to remain in the lab instead of moving forward to the bedside to potentially help patients fight their prostate cancer.

As a member of the prostate cancer community, we need you to take action today.

Please write your Representative today and ask that he/she agree to sign the Marshall-King Dear Colleague letter. The deadline to sign the letter has now been extended to March 12, 2010. Use the link below for a quick and easy way to send a message to your Representatives.

As a reminder that we are working together more and more with our friends at Zero: The Project To End Prostate Cancer, please use the link below to their website to get involved.

Click here to take action before Friday, March 12th!

See tips for crafting your message here

Let’s push the cause forward!

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