Queens Volunteer Takes On Congress


In September 2010, more than 600 ACS CAN volunteers and staff from all 50 states and nearly every congressional district gathered in Washington, D.C. for the fourth annual ACS CAN Leadership Summit and Lobby Day.  Lobby Day took place on Tuesday, September 28, where ACS CAN advocates participated in 467 meetings where they urged their representatives and senators to fund proven cancer control programs and research to help develop better early detection tools and treatments. 

Rosetta Garret, a volunteered for the American Cancer Society for the past eight years, attended Lobby Day this year representing District 6 in Jamaica, Queens.  Rosetta has been active in Relay For Life and advocacy efforts since the beginning of her volunteer experience with the American Cancer Society, and this was her first opportunity to attend Lobby Day.  “I felt like I was part of an Army of Soldiers on the home front; marching off to war against Cancer up to Capitol Hill! All 50 States represented and over 600 of us. I'll never forget it! We were there to bring focus to cancer research funding, and we did!” Rosetta said about her experience.  “With each of us telling our personal Story to our elected officials, it became a reality. It put a human face to the disease. It could have been a mom, dad, sister, brother or other relatives and/or friends.”

Rosetta was also the advocacy speaker for Queens Making Strides Against Breast Cancer breakfast in 2010.  She asked everyone in attendance to help the American Cancer Society hold Congress responsible for putting the “Power of the Purse” behind breast cancer research funding.  After she spoke, one hundred and thirty attendees joined the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), helping to build our advocacy force in the Queens area.  By becoming a member of ACS CAN, Queens residents can take action to make cancer a national priority.  ACS CAN brings together cancer survivors, patients, and caregivers, making the voice of the cancer community heard on federal, state, and local levels.  “Advocacy is about achieving equality for all regardless of economic background. The same cancer screening preventives should be offered to everyone. It is not automatically done. This is where advocacy and ACS CAN steps in.  The more people we have as members of ACS CAN, the more good we can do for the people in our community and our nation,” said Rosetta.

For more information about joining ACS CAN and getting involved in advocacy efforts in the Queens community, visit www.acscan.org or contact Abby Dunn (Abby.Dunn@cancer.org, (718) 261-1092 x5523) at the Queens office of your American Cancer Society.