Jacksonville Resident Visits Capitol Hill to Advocate for Lung Cancer Research Funding, Quality and Affordable Healthcare for Lung Cancer Patients
Patricia Fitzpatrick joins volunteers from every state in D.C. to advocate for lung cancer patients
(April 15, 2019) - JACKSONVILLE, Fla.
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Jacksonville resident and lung cancer survivor Patricia Fitzpatrick 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, Patricia 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, Patricia met with Senator Marco Rubio’s staff 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. Patricia was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in December 2014 in both lungs. After a journey through chemotherapy and immunotherapy, she has been in full remission since June of 2017
“The days leading up to Advocacy Day, being with so many Lung Force Heroes from all around the U.S. made this experience both amazing and demonstrated the critical need for the Heroes to spend a day with our Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen on the Hill to share our personal stories and the importance of affordable health care, early detection and treatment for this horrible disease,” said Fitzpatrick. “We came, and we conquered! Thank you to all for being a part of this unforgettable experience!
There will be are over 18,560 people in Florida diagnosed with lung cancer and 10,880 will succumb to the disease in 2019. It’s important to Patricia 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 Florida.
Patricia encourages others in Jacksonville to advocate for lung cancer research and healthcare coverage for people with pre-existing conditions by contacting their members of Congress. Learn more about Patricia’s story and the LUNG FORCE initiative at LUNGFORCE.org.
For media interested in learning more about LUNG FORCE or scheduling an interview with Patricia 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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