The War on Cancer – Over 50 Years Ago
“In 1970, the American people made clear their desire for a cure for the second-leading cause of death in the United States. President Nixon responded during his January 1971 State of the Union address: “I will also ask for an appropriation of an extra $100 million to launch an intensive campaign to find a cure for cancer, and I will ask later for whatever additional funds can effectively be used. The time has come in America when the same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering this dread disease. Let us make a total national commitment to achieve this goal.”
“On December 23, 1971, President Nixon followed through on his promise as he signed the National Cancer Act into law, declaring, “I hope in the years ahead we will look back on this action today as the most significant action taken during my Administration.” https://dtp.cancer.gov/timeline/flash/milestones/M4_Nixon.htm
Just think of the progress we have made in the War on Cancer because “the people” made it clear that it was their desire; it was important to them. Again, the desire of “the people”.
Why can’t we do the same for brain diseases? The answer is that we can. But we must speak up and let our representatives know that it is important to us, that we are relying on them to allocate far more funding to go into research for the biological causes of mental health diseases – “Brain Diseases”.
Please contact your legislators to let them know that you are relying on them to help end the mental health crisis that we have been in for so long. Together, our voices can be heard.
Find your representatives, and write to them. Remember, they work for you.
“Moonshot for Mental Health”