Cancer Survivors to Urge Legislators to Improve Access to Biomarker Testing and Precision Medicine in Visit to New York State Capitol

April 21, 2023

ALBANY, NY –APRIL 21, 2023 – Cancer survivors, their families and caregivers from across New York will gather at the Capitol building on Tuesday, April 25 to ask legislators to support Senate Bill 1196 / Assembly Bill 1673, which aims to improve New Yorkers’ access to biomarker testing – a tool that opens the door to precision medicine.


WHAT:          ACS CAN New York Cancer Action Day

WHO:            Over 160 cancer survivors, caregivers and patient advocates representing ACS CAN to rally around biomarker testing legislation

WHERE:       The Well, New York State Legislative Office Building

WHEN:          Tuesday, April 25, 11:15 am


The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) invites members of the media to join the latter half of the rally where they can expect to hear from prime bill sponsors Senator Roxanne Persaud and Assemblymember Pamela Hunter as well as pediatric cancer survivor and biomarker testing recipient Giovanna Whitting and ACS CAN Senior Government Relations Director in New York Michael Davoli. Speakers are expected to discuss the key aspects of Senate Bill 1196 / Assembly Bill 1673 and how access to biomarker testing plays a role in the fight to end all suffering and death from cancer and the health inequities that permeate cancer care.  

Additional cancer survivors—some of whom have benefitted from biomarker testing—will be in attendance and available for interviews to speak about how biomarker testing factors into cancer care and health equity.




The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that improves the lives of people with cancer and their families. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and advanced proven tobacco control measures. We’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers to end cancer as we know it, for everyone. Join the fight by visiting

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