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Matt Tifft Heads to DC to Advocate for Brain Tumor Funding

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Matt Tifft visited Washington D.C. with the National Brain Tumor Society as part of the organization’s Head to the Hill event in which the group met with lawmakers to try to persuade the United States Senate to pass the Childhood Cancer Star Act.

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The bipartisan act would increase research funds with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) for the discovery of treatments for brain tumors, as there are currently only four drugs to treat over 140 different types of brain tumors.

Tifft knows first-hand how difficult it can be for individuals and families to fight a brain tumor diagnosis, as he fought his own battle with a brain tumor in June 2016.

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Tifft, who considers himself ‘lucky,’ had a successful surgery to remove the tumor and returned to racing just 11 weeks later in September 2016. He recently announced that his doctors have determined his brain tumor area to be stable and has moved to check-ups every six months, which is a huge step for long-term recovery.

This wasn’t the first time Tifft has visit Washington D.C. to advocate for more awareness and funding to fight brain tumors. He was also part of 2017’s Head to the Hill event, in which the National Brain Tumor Society was trying to get the United States House of Representatives to pass the Childhood Cancer Star Act. The Act was unanimously passed by the House.

For this year’s Head to the Hill event, Tifft was part of the North Carolina advocacy group and met with lawmakers such as Rep. Ted Budd, Senator Richard Burr, Senator Thom Tillis and Rep. Richard Hudson to help build awareness and push for support for the Childhood Cancer Star Act in the Senate.

After the more than 250 survivors, advocates and volunteers met with lawmakers throughout the day, the action now moves over to the Senate who will vote on the Act later this year.

In the meantime, Tifft and the National Brain Tumor Society will continue to work hard building awareness of brain tumors, fighting for continued research and treatment funding and being the voice for those who need help.