Portland-area Resident to Advocate to Defeat Lung Cancer on Capitol Hill
(April 2, 2019) - PORTLAND, Ore.
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Portland-area resident Glenna Marshall is heading to Washington, D.C. to fight for the health of all Oregonians against lung cancer, the number one cancer killer in the United States.
Marshall had already survived a bout of breast cancer when she went to her doctor for treatment for back spasms. Then she got the shocking diagnosis of lung cancer.
“As I was going through my lung cancer treatment, I was comparing it to my breast cancer treatment, and there were so fewer options,” Marshall said. “I found out lung cancer’s high mortality rate, and the lack of research.”
Marshall had experienced the effects of lung cancer personally – she’s lost her younger sister as well as her grandfather and two uncles to lung cancer. She’s now 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.
“I knew I couldn’t just sit on the sidelines and I had to do something to help change these dismal facts and statistics.” Marshall said. “We have to turn the tide on this horrible disease, and get more money for research.”
In addition to her work on Capitol Hill, Marshall was instrumental in bringing the first-ever lung cancer walk to Portland and having the governor of Oregon declare lung cancer as a public health hazard to Oregon residents.
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.
To learn more about the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE and its work to defeat lung cancer, please visit 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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