Anchorage-area Resident Advocating to Defeat Lung Cancer on Capitol Hill
(April 2, 2019) - ANCHORAGE, Ala.
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Anchorage-area resident Julie Hasquet is heading to Washington, D.C. to fight for the health of all Alaskans against lung cancer, the number one cancer killer in the United States.
Hasquet was just 38 when she lost her mother to lung cancer in 2001 after the cancer had previously gone into remission but returned.
“My mom and I were very close and I miss her every single day,” Hasquet said. “I'm so sad that she didn't get to see my amazing daughters grow up.”
Since her mother’s passing, Hasquet has been a long-time volunteer and supporter of the Lung Association, and a staunch advocate for lung health, including riding in the Clean Air Challenge which funds research. And this year, she’s going with the American Lung Association to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 10 to ask legislators to fund lung health research.
As an advocate, she’ll urge members of Congress to continue to invest in biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health so there can be better early detection, treatments and cures for lung cancer. She’ll also ask Congress to act to protect affordable, adequate and accessible healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions like lung cancer.
“We need a cure for lung cancer,” Hasquet said. “I also wish people didn't smoke and die way too young, leaving behind children, grandchildren, and friends who loved them dearly.”
To learn more about the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE and its work to defeat lung cancer, please visit LUNGFORCE.org.
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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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