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Congressional Briefing, June 27 – Melanoma: Are We Ready to Fight a Growing Epidemic?


The MRF is hosting a briefing on Capitol Hill on June 27 to discuss the factors behind the alarming increases in melanoma rates in the U.S. population, particularly among young people; the role of legislation and regulation in reducing the risk of diagnosis; and important scientific updates from the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting.
The MRF invites you to attend. If you are not in the area or are unable to attend, we encourage you to call your Members of Congress and urge them to attend the briefing and support federal funding for melanoma research.  

When: Wednesday, June 27, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Where: Rayburn Office Building, Room 2218
Scheduled speakers include:
  • Representative Brian Bilbray (R-CA), and his daughter Briana Bilbray who is being treated for Stage III melanoma
  • Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Charlie Dent (R-PA)
  • Dr. Jeffrey Gershenwald of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas who will provide an update on the 2012 ASCO conference and the most promising and immediate opportunities for treatment breakthroughs
  • Diana Dreman, former Miss Colorado, and her mother, Rebecca King-Dreman, former Miss Colorado, former Miss America and Stage IV melanoma survivor, who will discuss the personal impact of melanoma and the urgency of discovering new treatments
For more information or to RSVP please call the MRF at 202-347-9675 or email [email protected].