Linnea Olson Joins Lung Cancer Advocates from Every State on Capitol Hill to Fight for More Research Funding
Local Lowell LUNG FORCE Hero Joined Volunteers from Across the Country to Urge Congress to Support Robust, Sustained Federal Funding Increases for Research
(March 23, 2016) -
BOSTON, MA – Last week, Linnea Olson of Lowell, Massachusetts 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 Whitehouse and Reed and Representative Cicilline for continued bipartisan momentum toward defeating lung cancer.
During Advocacy Day, Olson shared her personal experience with lung cancer. Olson’s personal battle with lung cancer began in 2005.
“I was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer Stage 1B in 2005. By late spring of 2008 a biopsy confirmed metastatic spread to both lungs and I was restaged to IV,” said Linnea Olson. I had run out of treatment options when I tried an experimental therapy. It successfully reduced the cancer that had been raging in my lungs to a smolder. A combination of chemotherapy and additional experimental therapies have gotten me to where I am today; eleven years out from diagnosis.
“Participating in LUNG FORCE’s Advocacy Day was an honor. Seeing 50 of my fellow Heroes come together from across the country with a common goal was amazing,” said Olson. “A diagnosis of lung cancer is incredibly isolating and building community strengthens us as individuals. It is also very important that members of Congress and the general public see the faces of people living with lung cancer--then it becomes much more than just a disease. Advocacy Day has provided us with a platform where we can both be seen and heard. Nobody can fight lung cancer alone but with your help, I really believe we can make a difference.”
Olson encourages everyone to advocate for lung cancer research to your members of Congress in Washington, D.C. To learn more about Linnea Olson’s story and the LUNG FORCE initiative, visit LUNGFORCE.org.