Burbank, CA – June 1, 2015 – LIVESTRONG Foundation recently selected Dr. Stephanie Davidson from the Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine (Burbank, CA) to represent their organization during the annual One Voice against Cancer (OVAC) Lobby Day in Washington DC. Fifty-two LIVESTRONG volunteers, including Dr. Davidson, will join with others on June 8-9 to participate in the annual lobby day to advocate for critical federal funding for cancer care and research.
One Voice Against Cancer is a broad coalition of cancer-related organizations representing millions of Americans affected by cancer. While in the nation’s capital, advocates will meet with members of Congress and their staff to deliver a unified message about how increased funding will improve prevention efforts, survival rates, and treatment options for those diagnosed with cancer. Advocates will also share stories about how cancer has impacted them personally with hopes of putting a face to the disease.
“I am honored to be able to use my own experience as a survivor and as a provider of psycho-oncology services to further the conversation about the funding needed for important cancer research. Each opportunity I have to turn my own journey and those of the patients and family members that I treat into something that impacts the larger cancer community is a privilege. I am also very happy to be representing the LIVESTRONG Foundation in DC as I have a strong belief in and connection to their mission.” said Dr. Davidson.
On the lobby day, more than 130 volunteers representing 49 organizations will ask for a 10 percent increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and prioritized funding for the National Cancer Institute (NCI). With cancer rates expected to rise by 31 percent over the next decade, an investment is more important than ever. In addition, advocates will be emphasizing the importance of increased Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding for state-based cancer awareness and screening programs.
About the Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine
The Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine is a psychological corporation focused on the use of evidence-based treatments and collaboration with other healthcare providers in order to improve the healthcare experience. With the help of Dr. Stephanie Davidson, the Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine has developed a strong health psychology program that provides support services to help cancer survivors manage the impact that the disease can have on an individual's emotional and physical well-being as well as their lifestyle and relationships.
Stephanie Davidson, Psy.D.
Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine
500 E. Olive Ave., Suite 540
Burbank, CA 91501
818-446-2522 ext. 2002