Local Lung Cancer Advocate Fights for Research Funding, Quality Healthcare in Washington D.C.
Lisa Kehoe joins volunteers from every state in D.C. to advocate for lung cancer patients
(April 10, 2019) - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
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New Mexico resident and lung cancer advocate Lisa Kehoe 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, Kehoe 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, Kehoe met with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich; U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan; and staff from the office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall 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.
Kehoe advocates in remembrance of her father who passed away from lung cancer. He had been a smoker since the age of 11, but was otherwise active and healthy. After his diagnosis, the doctors gave him 18 months to live, however, he died just six weeks later.
“Nothing is more precious than time. His expiration date came far too soon courtesy of lung cancer. Early detection may have changed his outcome,” said Kehoe.
There will be more than 1,000 people in New Mexico diagnosed with lung cancer and approximately 700 will succumb to the disease in 2019. It’s important to Kehoe 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 New Mexico.
“It truly was an honor to represent my fellow New Mexicans on Capitol Hill. Myself and the other 49 advocates united as a powerful team of turquoise and our intentions were pure, our voices were heard, our testimonies were felt, and our hearts were shared. There is strength in numbers and I am proud to be a part of this fight that continues well beyond this week,” said Kehoe.
Kehoe encourages others in New Mexico 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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