WASHINGTON--The National Coalition for Cancer Research (NCCR),
a Washington coalition of more than 20 cancer-related organizations
founded in 1986, unveiled its new series of six 30-second television
public service announcements at a Capitol Hill ceremony. The campaign
also includes airport dioramas that repeat the TV messages.
Speaking about the budget process in which the 104th Congress
is currently engaged, Rep. John Porter (R-Ill) reassured the Coalition:
"Everybody agrees that downsizing is necessary, but cancer
research is one place where we definitely do not want to cut."
Rep. Porter, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee
on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related
Agencies, pointed out in his talk that biomedical research is
important not only for its role in finding ways to prevent and
cure cancer, but also for the overall economy, since such research
provides the country with "thousands of high-tech jobs."