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Nancy Hale of Essex Junction Joins Lung Cancer Advocates from Every State on Capitol Hill to Fight for More Research Funding

Local Vermont LUNG FORCE Hero Joined Volunteers from Across the Country to Urge Congress to Support Robust, Sustained Federal Funding Increases for Research

(March 23, 2016) -

BURLINGTON, VT — Last week, Nancy Hale of Essex Junction joined the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative and “LUNG FORCE Heroes” – Americans personally impacted by lung cancer – from every state at the U.S. Capitol to press Senators Sanders and Leahy and Representative Welch for continued bipartisan momentum toward defeating lung cancer.
During Advocacy Day, Nancy Hale shared her personal experience with lung cancer. Nancy’s personal battle with lung cancer began in April 2012.  During a skiing trip in Colorado, Nancy thought she had altitude sickness. When she returned home and it continued, she was given an X-Ray and doctors found an eight centimeter tumor that had spread to most of the lymph nodes in her chest. She was diagnosed with lung cancer. After several rounds of chemo and testing, Nancy’s doctor was able to find a trial for an immunotherapy drug.

“When I received my lung cancer diagnosis I was shocked, it is something you think you’ll never hear – think will never happen to you,” said Hale. “April 2016 will be the four year anniversary of my diagnosis and I’m doing fantastic. Educating others about lung cancer is very important; the lack of it is one of the reasons why so many people die of lung cancer. “Before I insisted on more tests and they scheduled the x-rays, I was given a diagnosis of stress. Had I listened to that diagnosis, I wouldn't be here now.”

“Participating in LUNG FORCE’s Advocacy Day was an honor. Seeing 50 of my fellow Heroes come together from across the country striving towards one goal was tremendous,” said Hale. “I hope that our efforts help put a face to lung cancer and showed Congress just how big of an impact this disease has. Advocacy Day was just one piece of a tremendous fight to defeat lung cancer, the momentum cannot come to a halt.”

Hale encourages everyone to advocate for lung cancer research  to their members of Congress in Washington, D.C. To learn more about Nancy Hale's story  and the LUNG FORCE initiative, visit

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