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Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Advocacy Alliance Unveils New 'I Vote for the Cure'(R) Web Video
Date:10/27/2008

Real Life Voters Urge Breast Cancer Funding to be a National Priority

DALLAS, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- With a week to go before Election Day, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Advocacy Alliance today unveiled a new video on its Web site -- http://www.IVotefortheCure.org -- that features a bipartisan collection of voters declaring "I Vote for the Cure."

"Breast cancer touches each of us in some way, and Americans all across the country have told us that discovering and delivering its cures should be a national priority," said Tina Hone, president of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance.

The two-minute video released today includes footage of actual voters, including attendees to both the Democratic and Republican conventions this fall, declaring that they "vote for the cure" and explaining why the issue is important to them.

This is the latest in the Komen Advocacy Alliance's year-long initiative to increase awareness of breast cancer funding as a national campaign issue, which has included the collection of more than 100,000 signatures on a petition to encourage candidates to put breast cancer at the top of their agenda; the registering of voters in more than 70 cities; and the commission of a nationwide survey that found more than 90 percent of voters want the federal government to pay more attention to breast cancer research, screening and early detection and access to quality care for all.

In addition to the video, visitors to the Komen Advocacy Alliance's Web site can find:

-- A side-by-side comparison of each candidate's health care and cancer plans -- http://komenpolicy.org/komenadvocacy/candidates.html.

-- Responses to a Komen Advocacy Alliance questionnaire, where each was asked to address how they would (1) close gaps in the health care system and ensure access to care, including screening and treatment for breast cancer; (2) reduce disparities in health, education, and income; (3) ensure that the U.S. does not lose momentum in biomedical research and that medical advances make their way to patients; and (4) make high-quality health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans -- http://komenpolicy.org/komenadvocacy/candidates_questionnaires.html.

-- A transcript of remarks made by health care advisors to both campaigns made at a forum Friday, Oct. 3, in Philadelphia, as part of the 24-city Komen Community Challenge campaign to "Close the Gaps" in access to vital screening and treatment -- http://tinyurl.com/54yn4w.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure(R), Komen has invested more than $1.2 billion to fulfill its promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. To continue this progress, Komen for the Cure has pledged to invest another $2 billion in the next ten years.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Advocacy Alliance is a sister organization to Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R), and is a voice for change on Capitol Hill, in state legislatures and on the campaign trail. With the help of nearly 200,000 Komen Champions and Komen's network of 122 domestic affiliates, we are aggressively seeking increased funding for research and greater access to screening and treatment. The Komen Advocacy Alliance engages policymakers and leaders at all levels of government to advocate for an increased investment in breast cancer research and greater access to breast health services.


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