Local Lung Cancer Advocate Fights for Research Funding, Quality Healthcare in Washington D.C.
Mindi Norris joins volunteers from every state in D.C. to advocate for lung cancer patients
(April 10, 2019) - DALLAS, Texas
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Dallas resident and lung cancer advocate Mindi Norris 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, Norris 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, Norris met with U.S. Congressman Van Taylor; and staff from the offices of U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn 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. Norris is participating because of her father’s battle with lung cancer and mesothelioma. Her father had been a smoker for most of his life and also worked in a warehouse that contained asbestos. When he was just 66-years-old, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, and just six weeks later, he was diagnosed with stage 4 mesothelioma. Tumors were detected throughout his body and in his brain. He passed away just one month later.
“The scary reality is, even though I’ve never once smoked a cigarette in my life, I’m very aware that my exposure to so much second and third hand smoke throughout my life has greatly increased my chances of developing lung cancer at some point down the road,” said Norris. “My biggest hope is that we will be able to find a cure so that no person or family ever has to suffer thru the nightmare of lung cancer again.”
There will be are more than 14,750 people in Texas diagnosed with lung cancer and 8,640 will succumb to the disease in 2019. It’s important to Norris 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 Texas.
“I was incredibly proud and so very honored to be in Washington D.C. representing not only my dad, but I felt so much pride being able to be here on behalf of everybody in Texas. I really wanted our elected officials to put a face and personal story with the funding and legislation we asked them to support in hopes that my voice would be there with them as they voted. I’m going home feeling so much excitement to continue fighting and advocating for these causes. My soul is happy,” said Norris.
Norris encourages others in Texas 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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