Throughout his long and distinguished career, Senator Arlen Specter was someone that you wanted on your side. Prevent Cancer Foundation and our colleagues in the health advocacy community are grateful that he was, as a steadfast champion of medical research.
Throughout his term in the United States Senate, which spanned three decades, Senator Specter supported funding for biomedical research, embryonic stem cell research and access to quality care for patients from prevention through treatment. Senator Specter represented the State of Pennsylvania, home to a myriad of corporate, academic and nonprofit medical research leaders and understood the complexities of biomedical research, but also the enormous impact that it has on patients.
Prevent Cancer Foundation was proud to work alongside the Senator and recognize his work with several awards during his tenure. These acknowledgements include the Courage Award through a former program of the Foundation, Tracy’s Kids, as well as the National Coalition for Cancer Research (NCCR) Congressional Champions Award. The NCCR is a research-focused policy coalition on which Prevent Cancer Foundation serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Additionally, as former President of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR), we had the honor of presenting him with the Champion of Stem Cell Research Award through the CAMR coalition to commend his leadership in regenerative medicine.
We offer our condolences to the Senator’s family, and also our thanks and admiration. We will continue our work to ensure that the research he championed in the US Senate will continue to yield even greater results to reduce the burden of disease and help individuals protect themselves from cancer.