McCOTTER introduces resolution encouraging kidney disease research & awareness

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Thaddeus G. McCotter (MI) and Steve Israel (NY) have introduced H.RES. 166, expressing support for designation of March 2011 as "National Kidney Cancer and Kidney Health Awareness Month.

“Increasing the early detection of kidney disease will improve the treatments and wellness of individuals and families affected by kidney disease,” said Rep. McCotter.  "I am honored by my colleague Representative Steve Israel's vital help in this endeavor."

If agreed to by the House, this resolution would salute kidney disease survivors in the United States, honor kidney disease practitioners, recognize organizations for promoting awareness of kidney health screening and treatments, acknowledge the necessity of discovering causes and cures, and urge annual health physicals.

“This year in the U.S., more than 58,000 people will be diagnosed with kidney cancer.  Awareness saves lives.  I’m grateful for the work that Fred Atkin, a Long Islander and co-founder of Action to Cure Kidney Cancer, has done to bring attention to this disease and proud to join Congressman McCotter in introducing our resolution,” said Rep. Israel.

For more information, please contact Michael Bars; or Lindsay Hamilton with the office of Rep. Israel.