Events / News

November 2018

Congress Appropriation to NIH and NCI for FY 2019
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National Cancer Institute Budget Recommendation for FY 2020
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American Cancer Society - Cancer Facts & Figures 2018
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National Cancer Institute Budget Recommendation for FY 2019
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February 2017

American Cancer Society - Cancer Facts & Figures 2017
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December 13, 2016

21st Century Cures Act
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July 1, 2016

National Cancer Moonshot Initiative
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The President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2017
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October 30, 2015

National Cancer Insitute FY 2017 Annual Plan & Budget Proposal
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February 1, 2015

American Cancer Society Cancer Facts and Figures 2015
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January 30, 2015

Precision Medicine Initiative
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January 26, 2015

Accelerating Biomedical Research Act Introduced
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December 4, 2015

National Cancer Institute FY 2016 Plan and Budget Request
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February 1, 2014

ACS Cancer Facts and Figures 2014
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January 16, 2013

ACS Cancer Facts and Figures 2013
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January 7, 2013

NCI Report to the Nation on Status of Cancer
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January 2, 2013

NCI ByPass Budget FY2013
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August 20, 2012

AACR Cancer Progress Report 2012
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April 3, 2012

NCI Report: Senate Appropriations Hearing Highlights NCI's Provocative Questions Project
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July 27, 2011

NCI Director Harold Varmus Reviews First Year
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July 14, 2011

OVAC Urges Cancer Funding
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January 10, 2011

Cancer Research Funding Emphasis
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About Us

Charlene Miers Foundation for Cancer Research (Foundation) is an Oklahoma not-for-profit corporation.

We advocate federal and state legislation to further cancer research, and action to prevent, diagnose, treat and find a cure of cancer. We advocate finding, as soon as possible, how to stop cancer deaths. There are 609,640 cancer deaths expected to occur in the United States this year, which is 1,600 per day, and one each minute. The annual direct medical cost of cancer to the nation is estimated to be over $80 billion. There are immeasurable indirect, burdensome and adverse financial costs, as well as human and emotional challenges of cancer for millions of Americans, their families, friends and employers.

Charlene Miers Foundation for Cancer Research advocates Congress increasing appropriations that fund cancer research through The National Cancer Institute, and creation of a National Cancer Fund to provide more certain long-term financial support of cancer research. Our organization advocates other federal and state legislation, and public and private sector efforts to increase public awareness and support of the urgent need for and accelerated cancer research. We advocate and seek government, institutional, business and individual action to more rapidly and effectively prevent, diagnose, treat and find a cure of cancer. We also advocate expanding and increasing health insurance and financial assistance to low income individuals to enable them to obtain optimal cancer prevention and treatment.

Charlene Miers Foundation for Cancer Research efforts include proposing and advocating enactment of federal and state legislation to increase governmental and private funding for cancer research through The National Cancer Institute, establishment of a national cancer fund, and by other means of accelerating and increasing effectiveness of cancer research.

Our Foundation has proposed legislation to amend federal tax laws and increase income tax charitable contribution deductions for contributions to a national cancer fund. This was initially advocated by us in connection with bi-partisan introduction of the 21st Century Cancer Alert Act by Senator Hutchison and Senator Kennedy. We have sought support of these changes in federal laws to increase cancer research funding from other members of the U. S. House of Representatives and Senate.

We have also proposed and advocated enactment of federal legislation or administrative action aimed at improving public awareness and support of the National Cancer Program under the National Cancer Act of 1971, including annual publication of an itemized report on progress to date on the strategic plan of the Program.

We have proposed and advocate enactment of federal legislation to modify statutory law applicable to patriotic and national observances in order to change the national observance for cancer from Cancer Control Month in April to National Cure Cancer Month in January, and for that observance to be marked by special events led by the President and Congress.
We have proposed and advocate state legislation in Oklahoma to remove barriers for participation in cancer clinical trials, to reduce smoking and exposure to second hand smoke, and to increase cigarette taxes to offset smoking related costs incurred by the state, its businesses and residents.

Our directors and officers work as advocates and supporters of finding a cure of cancer for and together with other organizations and persons, including The National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, One Voice Against Cancer, Stand Up To Cancer, The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Duke University Medical Center, the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma, and their representatives, advocates and volunteers.

Charlene Miers Foundation for Cancer Research is a member of One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC). Founded in 2000, OVAC is based in Washington as a coalition of more than 40 voluntary health and advocacy organizations focused primarily on the annual Congressional appropriations process for funding cancer research and prevention programs. OVAC membership includes the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the American Association for Cancer Research. OVAC intends to provide a united front of participating member organizations to attain the funding levels necessary to win the War on Cancer.
Charlene Miers Foundation for Cancer Research is organized to be a tax exempt not-for- profit organization operated exclusively for promotion of social welfare under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contact information for our organization is:

Charlene Miers Foundation for Cancer Research
100 West 5th Street, Suite 1100
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103
Telephone 918-595-4834; Fax 918-595-4990
email: smiers@gablelaw.com


Charlene B. Miers

May 25, 1944 - November 10, 2007

Charlene Miers Foundation for Cancer Research is an Oklahoma not-for-profit corporation.

We advocate federal and state legislation to further cancer research, and action to prevent, diagnose, treat and find a cure of cancer. We advocate finding, as soon as possible, how to stop cancer deaths.

The Foundation, which is going to continue Charlene's fight against cancer in her honor, recognizes some who engaged in it with and for her, Drs. Steven Wiseman, Eric Sherburn and Joseph P. Lynch, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Drs. Henry S. Friedman and David A. Reardon of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, and especially Dr. Virginia I. Stark-Vance, Dallas, Texas. They and the many caring assistants who worked with them, are recognized and thanked for preeminent medical skills, courage and initiative on the front line to save life from cancer.