new-jersey-county-mapThe LRG is continually involved in advocacy efforts to increase government spending on cancer research. We have joined forces with other cancer agencies to once again urge New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey Legislature to restore the $1 million budget appropriation for cancer research in the state.

Dr. Alison Gammie, a cancer researcher from Princeton University testified before the Senate Budget Committee last week and the Assembly Budget Committee yesterday to highlight the importance of funding cancer research in New Jersey, and urging the legislature to restore the $1 million budget appropriation.

In a story in the Star Ledger, Dr. Gammies revealed that NJ residents are moving out-of-state for treatment, and states:

New Jersey risks losing some of its most brilliant citizens, who out of financial necessity will move to locations such as Texas, North Carolina and Florida — states that have made a significant commitment to financing cancer research.

Last year, joint efforts by the Life Raft Group and several other cancer organizations helped to restore the funding. We hope for the same outcome this year.