Jan Poulsen Joins Lung Cancer Advocates from Every State on Capitol Hill to Fight for More Research Funding
Local Utah LUNG FORCE Hero Joined Volunteers from Across the Country to Urge Congress to Support Robust, Sustained Federal Funding Increases for Research
(March 22, 2016) - Salt Lake City, UT
Jan Poulsen of Sandy, Utah joined the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative and “LUNG FORCE Heroes” – Americans personally impacted by lung cancer – from every state at the U.S. Capitol to press Members of Congress for continued bipartisan momentum toward defeating lung cancer.
During Advocacy Day, Jan shared her personal experience with lung cancer. “I was diagnosed with stage 3A lung cancer in 2007. To say I was shocked is an understatement, as my father died from Lung Cancer in 1991 at the age of 74. I was not a smoker, but we did find out we had very high levels of radon in our home. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. After undergoing surgery to have my right lung removed, and radiation and chemotherapy, I remained cancer free for 6 years. In 2014 the lung cancer metastasized to my brain. I had brain surgery and two other radiation procedures. Currently I am cancer free due to a new medication (a chemo pill) and I am excited to share my success story with Congress in hopes that more funding can become available for further research for lung cancer. Anyone can get lung cancer, and perhaps with more research we can find new methods of early detection and more successful treatments.”
Jan encourages everyone to advocate for lung cancer research to your Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. To learn more about Jan’s story http://www.lungforce.org/shared-story/jan-p and the LUNG FORCE initiative, visit LUNGFORCE.org.
About the American Lung Association in Utah
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 the newly redesigned website: Lung.org.
About LUNG FORCE
LUNG FORCE is a new national movement led by the American Lung Association to unite women against lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women. LUNG FORCE has three priorities: 1) Make lung cancer a cause that people care about – and act on; 2) Educate and empower patients and healthcare providers and 3) Raise critical funds for lung cancer research. The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE is nationally presented by CVS Health. Find out more at LUNGFORCE.org.