Boise-area Resident to Advocate to Defeat Lung Cancer on Capitol Hill
(April 2, 2019) - BOISE, Idaho
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Boise-area resident Kristi Case is heading to Washington, D.C. to fight for the health of all Idahoans against lung cancer, the number one cancer killer in the United States.
Case lost her mother, stepfather and grandmother to lung cancer within four years of each other. Since then she’s been advocate for lung health research, which is why she and her sister Rendi Bell are going with the American Lung Association to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 10 to ask legislators to fund lung health research.
“With targeted lung cancer treatment, my mom was able to extend her life six months after a Stage 4 diagnosis. Those six months were precious time for our family to spend time with our Mom and for her to enjoy her life,” Case said. “I think of other families – ‘What if they got more time than just six months?’ It’ll be an honor to go to D.C. to share how lung cancer has affected my family. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss them.”
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 treatments for lung cancer.
Case said she hopes that advocacy around lung cancer can help erase its stigma. “Before my personal experience with this disease, I linked lung cancer just to smokers, but that isn’t true,” she said. “Anyone can get lung cancer.”
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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