ACC hosts regional Cancer Moonshot Summit

cancermoonshotCentral Texas health professionals will join cancer patients, survivors, and advocates for a White House Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by Austin Community College (ACC) Wednesday, June 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. at ACC Eastview Campus (3401 Webberville Rd.).

The event will be one of dozens held around the country in conjunction with the National Cancer Moonshot Summit, a daylong conference in support of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force led by Vice President Joe Biden. The initiative seeks to double the rate of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care over the next five years to ultimately find a cure for the disease.

“The Moonshot cannot be achieved by one person, one organization, one discipline, or even one collective approach,” Biden said. “Solving the complexities of cancer will require the formation of new alliances to defy the bounds of innovation and accelerate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and — ultimately — a cure. It’s going to require millions of Americans speaking up and contributing what they’re able. That’s what the Cancer Moonshot Summit is all about.”

The Cancer Moonshot Summit aims to foster collaboration and promote the goals of the Cancer Moonshot. It will be the first time individuals and organizations representing the entire cancer community convene in support of a single national charge.

National summit attendees will include researchers, doctors, scientists, philanthropists, community oncologists, advocates, patients, and survivors. Biden will address regional Cancer Moonshot Summits via webcast.

President Barack Obama established the Cancer Moonshot Task Force last January and announced a $1 billion initiative to jump-start its work. Chaired by Biden, the task force comprises leaders from every federal agency that has a part to play in addressing cancer.

To learn more, view the presidential memorandum establishing the Cancer Moonshot Task Force and the Investing in the National Cancer Moonshot factsheet.

For information about the ACC-hosted summit, contact Chris Cervini, ACC director of external affairs outreach, at chris.cervini@austincc.edu.

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