In 2006, NNCCF Board member Shirley Folkins-Roberts was elected CureSearch team leader for the state of Nevada and has been traveling to Capitol Hill two times per year to meet with Nevada legislators, share stories of local families and to urge support for increased research funding.
Each June, NNCCF representatives and northern Nevada childhood cancer families travel to Washington, D.C. to the “Reach the Day: Conquer Childhood Cancer” event hosted by CureSearch. The group joins hundreds of other survivors, patients, families and advocates across the nation to meet with legislators and educate them on the need to support increased federal funding for childhood cancer research.
One of NNCCF’s goals is to enhance and expand public awareness of childhood cancer. NNCCF staff and volunteers meet with lawmakers and media, distribute gold ribbon pins with facts about childhood cancer and distribute posters explaining the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer.