2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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SUPPORTING AN AMERICAN CENTER FOR CURES

     WHEREAS, every day, even though new scientific breakthroughs are encouraging, Americans continually lose their personal battles against disease and these discoveries and breakthroughs that create hope for future cures are of little comfort to those suffering from life-threatening diseases that remain unresolved; and

     WHEREAS, for tens of millions of individuals and their families affected by devastating illness, the urgency to find cures is a matter of personal survival; and

     WHEREAS, diseases strike all Americans, regardless of their race, religion, gender, political party, age, insurance status, or any other demographic identification and we will all be beneficiaries of finding cures to chronic and terminal illnesses; and

     WHEREAS, finding cures not only improves the health of mankind, it will improve our economic well being and it is said that by simply delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by five years, our state Medicaid budget crises for long term care would be completely solved; and

     WHEREAS, the American Center for Cures, with cabinet-level authority, will possess unique skill sets and tools, operational flexibility, multi-year budgeting, and public accountability, will have the capacity to convert the urgency felt by millions of Americans personally affected by deadly and debilitating disease into concrete, deliberate and unrelenting work to find cures; and

     WHEREAS, although this endeavor is the Manhattan Project of this century, the American Center for Cures would not be about building institutions or assembling turf for its stewardship – its purpose would be to use America’s great strength, intensely focused on applied medical science discovery; and

     WHEREAS, the American Center for Cures will be accountable by one measure only, this uniquely focused organization with multi-disciplinary teams of research scientists, biologists, technologists, chemists, mathematicians and engineers, working together on each disease in a Manhattan Project/moon-shot like approach, gives America a real opportunity, once and for all, to combat cancers, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, AIDS, heart disease, mental illnesses and many other diseases that have plagued America and the world for ages; and

     WHEREAS, the American Center for Cures will be the bridge between the promise of scientific opportunities and the reality of our nation’s health needs and will, uniquely, take whatever actions are necessary to develop and deliver cures,

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U. S. Conference of Mayors urges the establishment of the American Center for Cures, adequately funded, and the creation of a cabinet level position supporting and guiding its efforts.