Our Voices Were Heard!
Governor Scott Signs Budget - Mary Brogan Funding Approved
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Earlier today Governor Rick Scott signed the state budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1st, and it includes $1.24 million to the Florida Department of Health for screening through the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. As you know, this is good news because we were concerned we could lose our top legislative priority for the year, a hard-fought mission victory, to a veto. Because of this important win, more cancers will be detected at an earlier, more treatable stage and lives will be saved.
We are grateful to the Legislature, particularly Representative Chris Dorworth (R-Lake Mary), for appropriating state funds for this program for the first time ever. We also are appreciative of Governor Scott and his staff for being receptive to our overtures about the pressing need to reach medically underserved women. We are, of course, especially thankful for you, as a valued volunteer, for being an instrumental part of our grassroots engagement plan to ensure the ultimate success of this initiative! Thanks so much for responding to our calls to action and once again moving our mission forward.
As always, your support of our advocacy efforts on behalf of the American Cancer Society's mission continues to make a difference. Thank you!
For future updates on this issue, and the Society's other legislative priorities, please continue to visit www.acscan.org/florida.
Vice President, Advocacy & Public Policy
American Cancer Society, Florida Division