Nearly 30 students from Mohonasen High School’s Honors Participation in Government and Economics classes took a trip to the New York State Capitol on Feb. 9 to join hundreds in the American Cancer Society Lobby Day to fight for expanded cancer research, prevention and treatment funding.
During their visit, the students had the immersive opportunity to learn about cancer legislation and funding while also observing advocacy and lobbying in action. The students were able to meet with Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, Assemblyman Santabarbara, Senator Amedore and other representatives from around the state to share what they had learned and their personal stories about how cancer affected their lives and the lives of their loved ones. The students hoped that their visit would help rally their elected officials to secure important funding that advances legislation aimed at combating the disease. Assembly leadership took a moment to recognize the group for their visit during an announcement in their daily session.
Several students were interviewed by News Channel 13 about their experiences and goals for their Capitol visit, and the students shared that they want their stories to make a meaningful impact on the fight against cancer.