Deb Violette Joins Lung Cancer Advocates from Every State on Capitol Hill to Fight for More Research Funding
Local Augusta LUNG FORCE Hero Joined Volunteers from Across the Country to Urge Congress to Support Robust, Sustained Federal Funding Increases for Research
(March 23, 2016) -
AUGUSTA, ME – Last week, Deb Violette of Augusta, Maine 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 Senators Collins and King and Representative Pingree for continued bipartisan momentum toward defeating lung cancer.
During Advocacy Day, Violette, who is the founder of Free ME from Lung Cancer, shared her personal experience with the disease. Violette’s personal battle with lung cancer began in 1998 when she was diagnosed with Stage III-a non-small cell lung cancer at the age of 44 and was told she had a 10 % chance of living 2 years.
“When I was diagnosed with lung cancer there was little information available and the very few resources that existed offered little hope,” recalls Violette. “With the lack of information and survivors, I struggled through the disease alone. Because I am strong-willed I was determined to beat the statistics. I searched the internet to find as much information on lung cancer as I could. This helped me take an active role in my care. It is so important to educate yourself about the disease so that you can interact with your health care team to ensure that the right treatment options can be obtained.”
“Participating in LUNG FORCE’s Advocacy Day was an honor. Seeing 50 of my fellow Heroes come together from across the country striving towards one goal was tremendous,” said Violette. “I hope that our efforts help put a face to lung cancer and showed Congress just how big of an impact this disease has. Advocacy Day was just one piece of a tremendous fight to defeat lung cancer, the momentum cannot come to a halt.”
Violette encourages everyone to advocate for lung cancer research to your members of Congress in Washington, D.C. To learn more about Deb Violette’s story and the LUNG FORCE initiative, visit LUNGFORCE.org.