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Ashley Rivas Joins Lung Cancer Advocates from Every State on Capitol Hill to Fight for More Research Funding

Ashley Rivas Joins Lung Cancer Advocates from Every State on Capitol Hill to Fight for More Research Funding

(March 22, 2016) - Albuquerque, NM

Local New Mexico LUNG FORCE Hero Joined Volunteers from Across the Country to Urge Congress to Support Robust, Sustained Federal Funding Increases for Research

Ashley Rivas of Albuquerque  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, Ashley shared her personal experience with lung cancer. “In January 2013, I had a cough and fever that lasted about two weeks. I felt so ill that I ended up at urgent care and found out I had pneumonia. I was sent home with antibiotics and an inhaler. Six weeks later, my symptoms returned. I was diagnosed with an uncommon neuroendocrine tumor (lung carcinoid). I was in shock because I wasn't a smoker and was only 33 years old. How in the world did I end up with a tumor in my lung?” said Rivas “I am now cancer free and I am living proof that you can fight through this disease, but it is an uphill battle that desperately requires more attention so that more people like me can live to tell their stories.”

“Currently, only 4% of all cancer survivors are lung cancer survivors. It is critical that more focus be put on finding new lung cancer treatments,” said Rivas. “I hope that through Advocacy Day, we were able to illustrate lung cancer’s impact on Americans and that Congress will be motivated to give this disease the attention and critical research funding it deserves.” 

Ashley encourages everyone to advocate for lung cancer research to your Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. To learn more about Ashley’s story and the LUNG FORCE initiative, visit


About the American Lung Association in New Mexico 

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 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

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