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“Cancer is the #1 disease killer of this population, yet when it came to the war on cancer, the brave men and women defending our country were being left behind. I realized that the DOD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program was in the unique position to make a groundbreaking transformation in health- care for our active military and their families and help fill a critical gap by investing in research for cancers that specifically affect this young demographic.” – Dean Crowe, Rally Foundation Founder

Rally Foundation’s Advocacy
Your voice matters and here’s proof:

$223 Million

Rally Foundation leads the charge for funding from DOD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). In six years, our collective voices have secured $223 million for cancers that affect children, adolescents and young adults resulting in 153 new federally funded research projects.

How you can help:

Advocate for DOD Medical Research Funding

More than 86% of the active military

fall within the NIH’s definition for AYA: ages 15-39 years old.

Cancers being researched by the DOD medical research program

have an average age of 66 when diagnosed. With your help, rally foundation has led the charge for the inclusion of cancers in children and AYA resulting in $223 million in brand new federal funding for this population.

Of the 86% of the active military,

almost half are married and/or have children.

Where you can start:

Members of Congress need to hear from you that childhood cancer research is a priority. A few ways to reach out to your Congressional Members:


Send a personalized letter to your Senator or Congressman.

Ask them to support public policies that will improve the lives of those affected by childhood cancer.


Encourage your Congressman to join the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus.

Or if they’re already a member, thank them for their dedication and commitment to childhood cancer.


Schedule a meeting with a member of Congress if you’re in Washington, D.C.

Or meet with your member when they are in their district office. Download “How to Schedule a Meeting with a Member of Congress.”


Share your personal story about why childhood cancer research is important to you.

Email your story to [email protected]

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