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Local Lung Cancer Advocate Fights for Research Funding, Quality Healthcare in Washington D.C.

(April 10, 2019) -

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James Martinez
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(312) 445-2501

Bellevue, Neb. resident and lung cancer advocate Lisa Bockman 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, Bockman 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, Bockman met with congressmen and their 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. In 2010 right after his retirement, her father, Ed, was diagnosed with lung cancer. He had the tumor removed, but later scans showed that the cancer had spread to his bones and his brain. He passed away from the disease in 2013. Bockman also lost her Aunt Donna and Aunt Linda to lung cancer within three years.

“The importance of new research, treatment and the work of the American Lung Association is paramount in helping more people overcome this dreadful disease. If I can work to help increase research and preventative measures, I believe that I will have fulfilled one of the major purposes of my life,” said Bockman.

There will be are more than 1,290 people in Nebraska diagnosed with lung cancer and 840 will succumb to the disease in 2019. It’s important to Bockman 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 Nebraska.

Bockman encourages others in Nebraska to advocate for lung cancer research and healthcare coverage for people with pre-existing conditions by contacting their members of Congress. Learn more about her story and the LUNG FORCE initiative at


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:

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