On Monday, I was honored to receive the 2012 Distinguished Public Service Award from the Association of American Cancer Institutes, an organization representing the United States' premier academic and free-standing cancer research centers. Consistent, sustained support of research related to cancer and other diseases is essential to saving and improving lives, growing our economy, and maintaining America's role as a global leader in medical innovation and technological advancement. Medical research can also lead to billions of dollars of savings in health care costs. Given the amount of progress made over the last century and the great potential current cancer research holds, now is not the time to waiver on America's commitment to medical research. I am pleased to support research advances in our state, including the University of Kansas Cancer Center's successful pursuit of National Cancer Institute designation earlier this year. I look forward to continuing to advocate for efforts to combat cancer and bring new hope to patients and their families.