Local Lung Cancer Advocate Fights for Research Funding, Quality Healthcare in Washington D.C.
(April 10, 2019) -
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North Dakota resident and lung cancer advocate Brandy Zwicker 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, Zwicker 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, Zwicker 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. Zwicker is participating because of her father’s battle with lung cancer. After being ill for several months, Zwicker’s father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He succumbed to the disease shortly after his diagnosis. Read her full story here.
There will be are more than 430 people in North Dakota diagnosed with lung cancer and 300 will succumb to the disease in 2019. It’s important to Zwicker 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 North Dakota.
Zwicker encourages others in North Dakota 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 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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