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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Childhood Cancer Action Days being Held?

What is the easiest way to get to the Washington Marriott at Metro Center?

  • The closest metro station to the hotel is Metro Center (Red, Orange, Blue & Silver Lines) approximately 0.1 miles from the hotel.
  • From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – DCA (4 miles)
    • Subway (Metro): METRO CENTER- $3 (one way)
    • Estimated taxi fare: $20 (one way)
  • From Washington Dulles Airport - IAD (27.2 miles)
    • Estimated taxi fare: $74 (one way)
    • Estimated bus service fee: $10 (one way)
  • From Baltimore/Washington Airport -BWI (32.2 miles)
    • Estimated taxi fare: $85 (one way)
    • Estimated bus service fee: $12 (one way)

What if I want to drive in to the training? Where can I park?

  • Parking in Washington, DC is limited and often very pricey. 
  • There is a parking garage (valet parking only) located at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center with the following rates:  
    • Valet parking: $51 daily + tax 
    • Non-overnight guests hourly valet
    • 3-8 hours: $41 + tax 
    • Up to 3 hours: $29 + tax 

What type of clothing should I plan on wearing?

  • It is best to plan on wearing business casual attire for the Congressional meetings on April 24th. For women and girls this can include dress pants and a professional looking top or a skirt or dress. For men and boys this can include dress pants or khakis and a button down or golf shirt. These are merely suggestions; feel free to use your own discretion.
  • In order to show that we are a unified group, we ask that you also wear your gold gear! Gold ties, scarves, or jewelry are all encouraged.
  • We ask that you please refrain from wearing gear from your home organization as we are trying to present a united front/message.
  • If you choose to wear a shirt that has your child on it that is completely appropriate.
  • Whatever you decide to wear, please be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as we will be doing a good amount of walking.

What if I have a child in the Kids Room?

  • There will be plenty of activities and crafts on hand to keep your children occupied.
  • We will break at several times throughout the training so you can check in with your child.

What am I doing on April 24th?

  • On Tuesday, April 24th we will attend several meetings on Capitol Hill with our home state lawmakers. These meetings will be scheduled for you in advance, and you will be with other participants from your state.
  • We understand that while many of you have attended Childhood Cancer Action Days before, many more of you have not! We will have our "What to Know Before You Go" Webinar on Wednesday, April 11th at 7:00 pm eastern. In this webinar, we'll go over the details on how meetings are being scheduled as well as a few specific "homework" assignments that will help you hone your message, understand your audience, use social media effectively and get a sense of what is happening on Capitol Hill. Whether you've attended the Action Days in the past or not, this is the session for you. If you are unavailable, the webinar will be posted here on the Alliance website soon after. To participate, click the “Join Webex” link on your computer and then use your cell phone or land line to dial the toll-free number below. When asked, please enter the access code highlighted in yellow followed by the pound sign (#). 

    UPDATE: You can download the What to Know Before You Go webinar here.

  • Once you arrive at the training on Monday, April 23rd you will be seated at tables with people from your home states – we encourage you to introduce yourselves as you will be attending most of your Congressional meetings with this group.

  • We will spend all of Monday, April 23rd preparing you for your Congressional meetings the next day – so please do not worry!

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

What if I’m looking for other things to do in Washington?

  • Please follow this link for more information on what’s happening in Washington DC.
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