A two-time Mesa brain cancer survivor will be in Washington, D.C., Tuesday as part of the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit and Lobby Day.
Danny Efron, 41, will join more than 700 cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones from across America as they meet with and urge lawmakers to make cancer care and prevention a priority, according to a release.
Efron was first diagnosed with stage three brain cancer in 2015. He was told he had two to four years to live, but after a successful surgery, he was cancer free until 2022.
After his second diagnosis, he faced several setbacks including a stroke and temporary blindness. However, recent scans have revealed no evidence of cancer in his brain, the release stated.
During his trip, Efron will meet with Arizona senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema as well as Rep. Andy Biggs to discuss the need to support an increase in federal funding for cancer research through the National Institutes of Health, according to the release.
“Roughly one in three Americans will hear the words ‘you have cancer’ in their lifetime. We need a full and unwavering commitment from Congress to take action to help prevent, detect and treat cancer,” Efron said.
“We want our lawmakers to know that volunteers from Arizona, and from every state across the country, are counting on them to take a stand.”