Local Lung Cancer Survivor Fights for Research Funding, Quality Healthcare in Washington D.C.
Christie Malnati joins volunteers from every state in D.C. to advocate for lung cancer patients
(April 10, 2019) - GREELEY, Colo.
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Greeley resident and lung cancer survivor Christie Malnati 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, Malnati 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, Malnati met with U.S. Congressman Ken Buck; and staff from the offices of U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner 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. Malnati is advocating for lung cancer research because of her personal battle with lung cancer.
A few years ago, Malnati, who was typically active and energetic, felt a decrease in energy and shortness of breath. After a few months of observation by her physician and several tests, she was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small-cell adenocarcinoma. She underwent treatment to shrink the tumor and surgery to remove it. Today, she is back to her active lifestyle, but also raises awareness for lung cancer and advocates for lung cancer research funding.
"While there is much research going on for the treatment of advanced stage lung cancer, it is extremely important also to support funding for early detection diagnosis tests, such as breath and blood analysis, in order to treat the disease sooner and ultimately to save more lives. Increased funding for lung cancer research will support those scientists and doctors who are dedicated to eradicating this insidious disease,” said Malnati.
There will be more than 2,600 people in Colorado diagnosed with lung cancer and 1,500 will succumb to the disease in 2019. It’s important to Malnati 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 Colorado.
“This has been an awesome day. I’ve found all my legislators to be open and receptive to the plight of lung cancer and in most cases happy to support funding for the NIH. The legislative assistants were all receptive to listening to our request, not always signing on, but I felt that I was listened to. I believe the more our issues are explained, the better the chances all our legislators will eventually see the merits of our messages. I’m an optimist,” said Malnati.
Malnati encourages others in Colorado 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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