This is an incredibly exciting time for the cancer community. In the United States, overall cancer incidence and death rates are declining, and an increasing number of people are living longer, higher-quality lives after a cancer diagnosis. The AACR Cancer Progress Report 2017 highlights how research continues to improve and extend lives, like the lives of the courageous individuals featured in the report who have shared their experiences with cancer. It also underscores how unwavering, bipartisan support from Congress, in the form of robust, sustained, and predictable increases in funding for the NIH, NCI, and FDA, is vital if we are to accelerate the pace of progress against cancer and save more lives from this devastating collection of diseases.