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Missoula-area Resident to Advocate to Defeat Lung Cancer on Capitol Hill

(April 2, 2019) - MISSOULA, Mont.

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Holly Harvey
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(206) 512-3292

Missoula-area resident and former All-American gymnast Marsha Hamilton is heading to Washington, D.C. to fight for the health of all Montanans against lung cancer, the number one cancer killer in the United. States.

Hamilton. a teacher at Hellgate Elementary for over 20 years is a University of Montana Grizzlies’ Hall of Fame gymnast who had no history of lung cancer in her family.

"I had annual checkups, but I almost never got sick," said Hamilton. “However, I had developed a persistent cough and had trouble breathing during exercise.  That is how I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer."

After her diagnosis, Hamilton was determined to fight for increased funding for research into lung health, which is why she’s going with the American Lung Association to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 10 to meet with legislators. In the last 41 years, the rate of new lung cancer cases has increased 87 percent among women.

“Lung cancer does not discriminative. It can come to healthy, active people with little warning,” Hamilton said.
“We need more research into early lung cancer screenings, which could save lives. And we need more treatment options for lung cancer.”

As an advocate, she’ll urge members of Congress to continue to invest in biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health so there can be better early detection, treatments and cures for lung cancer. She’ll also ask Congress to act to protect affordable, adequate and accessible healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions like lung cancer.

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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:

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