Visalia man meets with Kevin McCarthy, lawmaker to lobby for funding for cancer research in Washington DC


WASHINGTON (KFSN) — A Visalia man has returned from the country’s capital after taking action to increase funding for cancer research.

“I think it’s important that we use our voice,” said Cha See.

He was one of more than 600 voices addressing congressmen in the US Capitol.

“Hundreds of volunteers from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network traveled to Washington, DC to meet with our representatives,” See said. “I had the opportunity to meet our Representative Kevin McCarthy and the office of Connie Conway and David Valadao.”

See, who had friends who died from cancer, said cancer research became important to him after seeing rates rise in his Lahu community in Southeast Asia.

Proponents have urged lawmakers to prioritize research funding, particularly for the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.

“We also want to keep up with the pace of cancer itself,” said See. “So to find really advanced detection methods or to find a cure in the future, we need to keep getting the funding.”

He said that early detection improves a patient’s prognosis, which could lead to a longer life.

See left Washington and returned to the Central Valley with hope for the future.

“It’s great to know that our lawmakers support this issue and that we can all work together to fight cancer,” he said.

See also wishes for more advocates in the fight against cancer.

Information on the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network can be found here.

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