Fighting for Lung Cancer Justice at the Life and Breath Rally

Many of us in the lung cancer patient and caregiver advocacy community have grown impatient with the ongoing disparity in federal funding for lung cancer research as compared to other cancers and serious health conditions. As a member of the organizing team for the Life and Breath rallies, I know, as we all do, that new treatments that only enhanced research can bring about are what will keep me and many more of us alive, hopefully for years into the future.

As our cancer cells become resistant to current treatments, something that nearly always happens over time, we need new treatments to move on to, treatments that those pesky little lung cancer cells have not yet figured a way around. Federal research dollars simply have not been spread equitably to lung cancer research, and we are determined to see that those who appropriate funding to the DoD and NIH budgets get our message loud and clear. It’s time to stop pretending we don’t exist, or that we deserve our disease and are therefore not worth being helped through federal efforts. We DO exist by the hundreds of thousands and NONE of us deserves a lung cancer death sentence. It’s time to make our voices heard and to demand action

About the Life and Breath Rally

Needed: EVERYONE -- No joke. We need everyone's voice and support.

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Place: Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
(First St. SE & Independence Ave. SE - on the east side of the Capitol building)

Nearest Metro Stop: Capitol South on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines

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What is it?

Simply put, lung cancer is a national emergency, and this rally is a grassroots effort to gain our federal legislators' attention and call them to action...something that has been lacking for far too long.

Why must we rally?

Because losing 433 Americans each and every day of the year to lung cancer is blatantly unacceptable. And because federal research funding for lung cancer is not adequate or equitable in meeting the needs of this disease that kills more than 155,000 people per year.

What do we want?

We want anyone touched by lung cancer (thus EVERYONE) to show up en force as we urge Congress to:

  • Declare lung cancer a National Health Emergency
  • Increase funding for lung cancer research
  • Promote and expand early detection programs
  • Pass the 2018 Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act

What happens after the rally?

Participants are encouraged to meet with their Congressional Leaders and Senators to advocate for the items bulleted above. Informational packets will be provided for the purpose. Our legislators need to hear from patients, caregivers, health care professionals and all who care about improving the future for lung cancer patients.

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FacebookTwitterInstagramEmail: lablifeandbreath@gmail.comPlease join really is a matter of Life and Breath!Editor's Note: We are extremely saddened to say that on June 8, 2019, Karen Loss passed away. Karen was a valued member of the lung cancer community and an incredible advocate and avid writer. She will be deeply missed.

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