Birmingham Resident Visits Capitol Hill to Advocate for Lung Cancer Research Funding, Quality and Affordable Healthcare for Lung Cancer Patients
Laronica Conway joins volunteers from every state in D.C. to advocate for lung cancer patients
(April 15, 2019) - BIRMINGHAM, Ala.
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Birmingham resident and lung cancer advocate Laronica Conway traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with her members of Congress to demand action. Through the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, Laronica stood alongside others personally affected by lung cancer to advocate for biomedical research funding and to ask Congress to protect affordable, adequate and accessible healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions, including lung cancer.
During Advocacy Day, Laronica met with the staff of Senator Richard Shelby and Representative Gary Palmer to share her personal experience with lung cancer and explain why lung cancer research funding and healthcare protections for those with pre-existing conditions is important to her.
Laronica made a life-altering decision when she quit her job to care for her mother who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008. Her mother passed away in 2012 and Laronica became passionate and intrigued about how much she didn’t know about the disease. Her passion landed her a job in oncology research where she helps lung cancer patients with questions and billing throughout the research study progress.
“What an awesome time I had in D.C,” exclaimed Conway. “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the ALA’s Lung Force Advocacy Day! Not only did I learn more about important lung cancer and health care initiatives, but I also met some inspiring patients and caregivers who have been affected by lung cancer. I truly hope that our presence on Capitol Hill will move Congress to continue to support research funding through the National Institute of Health. It’s about helping others and saving lives.”
There will be are over 4,150 people in Alabama diagnosed with lung cancer and 2,760 will succumb to the disease in 2019. It’s important to Laronica to share her story with lawmakers and others so that more can be done to help lung cancer patients and their caregivers throughout the United States and in Alabama.
Laronica encourages others in Birmingham to advocate for lung cancer research and healthcare coverage for people with pre-existing conditions by contacting their members of Congress. Learn more about Laronica’s story and the LUNG FORCE initiative at LUNGFORCE.org.
For media interested in learning more about LUNG FORCE or scheduling an interview with Laronica or a lung cancer expert, contact Britney Reddick at [email protected] or 470-233-7030.
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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