White House Hosts Cancer Moonshot Summits in Communities Nationwide to Spark New Collaborations, End Cancer As We Know It
American Lung Association participates in summit with Vice President Biden, seeks new opportunities to support lung cancer patients, advance treatment options
(June 30, 2016) - Washington, D.C.
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As part of Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Initiative, the first-ever Cancer Moonshot Summits were convened in communities across the nation. The gathering of representatives from the entire cancer community was aimed at creating action and fostering collaborations in support of the Cancer Moonshot goal - to double the rate of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care over the next five years and to ultimately end cancer as we know it.
As a White House Cancer Moonshot event, the summits allowed for open dialogue among various stakeholders to encourage collaborations for accelerating the pace of progress in cancer research, prevention, treatment and care. From researchers, doctors, scientists, philanthropists and community oncologists to advocates, patients and survivors, these nationwide gatherings marked the first time that individuals and organizations representing the entire cancer community and beyond will all convene under the national charge to double the rate of progress toward a cure.
"The Moonshot cannot be achieved by one person, one organization, one discipline or even one collective approach," Vice President Biden said. "Solving the complexities of cancer will require the formation of new alliances to defy the bounds of innovation and accelerate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and—ultimately—a cure. It's going to require millions of Americans speaking up and contributing what they're able. That's what the Cancer Moonshot Summit is all about."
In January, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum establishing a first-of-its-kind federal task force to end cancer as we know it. The Task Force, chaired by Vice President Biden, is comprised of leaders from every federal agency that has a part to play in addressing cancer. The administration also announced a new $1 billion initiative to jumpstart the Cancer Moonshot.
With an invitation from Vice President Biden, American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer attended the summit held at Howard University. According to the White House, the summits brought communities together to discuss how cancer affects them and also offered an opportunity to share input for the Moonshot Initiative, generate ideas about how individual and organizations can better engage in the national effort, and create ideas for new collaborations and actions.
"The summit was a powerful example of what it will take to defeat cancer—bringing together various stakeholders to explore new collaborations and approaches," Wimmer said. "As an organization dedicated to defeating lung cancer and reducing the burden of lung disease on individuals and families, it was an honor for the American Lung Association to be included in this historic summit, which illuminated new opportunities to collaborate with researchers and data experts to help advance our work to support patients."
During his opening remarks, Vice President Biden acknowledged the American Lung Association for its leadership in hosting regional summits in in Alaska, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island that featured survivors, volunteers, staff and others from the American Lung Association.
"Cancer has touched all of our lives, and through this summit we connected to collaborate on our shared goal - to defeat cancer," Wimmer said. "Whether a patient, researcher, philanthropic leader or patient advocate, we have each worked toward advancements in cancer treatments and prevention, but on our own unique paths. Through Cancer Moonshot summits, we are connecting in a meaningful way to identify shared paths with new collaborations and opportunities. We all seek to defeat cancer, and by joining together, we hope to accelerate cures and end cancer as we know it."
For media interested in speaking with Mr. Wimmer or another expert about lung cancer, lung cancer research and the American Lung Association Research Team, contact the American Lung Association at [email protected] or 312-801-7628.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.