Andrea Borondy Kitts Joins Lung Cancer Advocates from Every State on Capitol Hill to Fight for More Research Funding
South Glastonbury Woman Joined Volunteers from Across the Country to Urge Congress to Support Robust, Sustained Federal Funding Increases for Research
(March 23, 2016) -
EAST HARTFORD, CT – Last Week, Andrea Borondy Kitts of South Glastonbury, Connecticut 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 Senator Blumenthal and Representatives Larson and Murphy for continued bipartisan momentum toward defeating lung cancer.
During Advocacy Day, Borondy Kitts shared her personal experience with lung cancer. Borondy Kitts lost her husband, Dan, to lung cancer in April 2013.
“There are two things that add to the grief of losing my husband to lung cancer, “said Borondy Kitts. “The first is that he blamed himself for his disease because he once smoked. The second is that he would have been an ideal candidate for screening with low-dose CT scans, but unfortunately the National Lung Screening Trial's recommendation that certain smokers and former smokers be screened annually weren't released until it was too late. Catching Dan's lung cancer earlier could have saved his life. Since his death, I have dedicated myself to raising awareness about lung cancer and early detection through lung cancer screening. screening.”
“Currently, only 4% of all cancer survivors are lung cancer survivors. More people die of lung cancer every year than the next four cancers combined, breast, colon, prostate and pancreatic. It is critical that more focus be put on finding new lung cancer treatments,” said Borondy Kitts “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.”
Borondy Kitts encourages everyone to advocate for lung cancer research to your members of Congress in Washington, D.C. To learn more about Andrea Borondy Kitts’ story and the LUNG FORCE initiative, visit LUNGFORCE.org.