Local Lung Cancer Advocate Fights for Research Funding, Quality Healthcare in Washington D.C.
Richard Davis joins volunteers from every state in D.C. to advocate for lung cancer patients
(April 15, 2019) - LAS VEGAS, Nev.
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Nevada resident and lung cancer advocate Richard Davis traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with his members of Congress to demand action. Through the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, Davis 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, Davis met with U.S. Senators Jacky Rose and Catherine Cortez Masto to share his personal experience with lung cancer and explain why lung cancer research funding and healthcare protections for those with pre-existing conditions is important to him. He lost his mother, Willabeth Davis, and his mother’s brother, Uncle Jim Lutz, to lung cancer. Davis is also a community health worker who partners with the Lung Association to facilitate a monthly Better Breathers Club and a quarterly Freedom From Smoking Group Clinic.
“There have been too many deaths to lung cancer. We must stop it. We can stop it. We will stop it,” said Davis.
There will be more than 1,800 in Nevada diagnosed with lung cancer and 1,200 will succumb to the disease in 2019. It’s important to Davis to share his 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 Nevada.
“I learned two important lessons. The first is from the Lung Association staff during yesterday’s trainings: Keep focused. Stay on message. The second is from the congressional staff: Tell us your stories. It is the individual, personal stories from constituents that move legislation,” said Davis.
Davis encourages others in Nevada to advocate for lung cancer research and healthcare coverage for people with pre-existing conditions by contacting their members of Congress. Learn more about his 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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