Sandy Bowles of Nashville Visits Capitol Hill to Advocate for Lung Cancer Research Funding, Quality and Affordable Healthcare for Lung Cancer Patients
Bowles Joins volunteers from every state in D.C. to advocate for lung cancer patients
(April 11, 2019) - NASHVILLE, Tenn.
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Nashville resident and lung cancer survivor Sandy Bowles 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, Sandy 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, Sandy met with staff members of Rep. Jim Cooper, Rep. Mark Green, Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Marsha Blackburn 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. She participated because of her encouraging battle against lung cancer. Sandy has always led what would be considered a healthy, active life, but when she went to the doctor in 2017 about a persistent cough, she was shocked to be diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Fortunately, Sandy’s cancer was found to have a specific gene mutation that responds well to targeted therapy, and as of here latest scans is cancer free. Sandy is going to Washington to advocate for to help find more advanced treatments, like the one that has made her an inspiring lung cancer survivor.
“I am one who will not just survive but flourish, and I will enjoy many years of wonderful adventures and memories yet to be made. These are the things I would share with people who find themselves in a similar situation. I feel so blessed and thankful,” says Sandy.
“Advances in lung cancer research saved my life,” Sandy said. “I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2017 and new therapies that target the specific gene mutation found in my lung cancer have given me a new lease on life. Since 2015, 21 new therapies have been approved by the FDA to treat lung cancer – giving life and hope to those of us that live with the disease. I was fortunate, but we need better methods of early detection so that people can find the disease in the early stages when they have a fighting chance. Research funding will be critical to make this a reality for those at risk for lung cancer.”
There will be are over 6000 people in Tennessee diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 4000 will succumb to the disease in 2019. It’s important to Sandy 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 Tennessee.
“Advocacy Day was an incredibly powerful experience. It was inspiring to be a part of such a strong force of women and men determined to raise awareness about lung cancer and save lives,” Sandy said. “I hope that our meetings with members of Congress will lead to continued support for the National Institutes of Health research funding and healthcare coverage that will help lung cancer patients.”
Sandy encourages others in Nashville and across Tennessee to advocate for lung cancer research and healthcare coverage for people with pre-existing conditions by contacting their members of Congress. Learn more about Sandy’s story and the LUNG FORCE initiative at LUNGFORCE.org.
For media interested in learning more about LUNG FORCE or scheduling an interview with Sandy or a lung cancer expert, contact Gregg Tubbs at [email protected], 202-715-3469.
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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