Tears and candlight shone brightly outside Congressman Paul Ryan's downtown office Thursday night as several dozen people gathered to ask for "Hope for the Holidays". The group gathered to plead their case for Wisconsin's two senators, and Ryan to help bring an end to the sequestration budget cuts taken out of cancer research. Many of the group had their own tales to tell about loved ones lost to cancer. They carried signs reading, "Restore Cancer Research Funding", "End Sequestration", and "Please Give Them Hope". They also talked about cold hard facts. Facts like the 13.9 million cancer survivors alive today thanks to past breakthroughs in cancer research. They also pointed out the more than 31,000 people in Wisconsin newly diagnosed with cancer this year.