BETHESDA, MdThe National Cancer Institute has opened
its arms wider to the advocacy community with a new program called Consumer
Advocates in Research and Related Activities, or CARRA. NCI plans to recruit
150 consumer advocates under the CARRA program who will serve 3-year terms. The
advocates are to represent survivors’ concerns, provide their ideas and
viewpoints directly to the NCI staff, and serve as links between the advocacy
communities and the Institute.
CARRA advocates must be cancer survivors, or a family member or
life partner of a person with cancer, or have been involved for 3 years or more
in cancer activities. CARRA applications are available at http://liaison.cancer.gov/CARRA.