LITTLE ROCK, AR | March 15, 2021
Bella Vista resident Anne Streeter lost her husband of 35 years to lung cancer in 2015, so this Wednesday, March 17, she will meet with members of Congress to raise awareness about the disease and demand action.
Through the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, Streeter will join others personally affected by lung cancer to advocate for $46.1 billion in funding at the National Institutes of Health, $10 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, adequate and accessible healthcare.
Streeter’s husband, a retired federal law enforcement agent, smoked a tobacco pipe for several years; he quit for years at a time, before going back to the pipe. He had numerous bouts with pneumonia, as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which made it difficult for him to breathe. Several lung biopsies and other tests failed to find lung cancer until August 2015. By then, it was advanced with no treatments available.
“Unfortunately, his health deteriorated more quickly than I expected,” said Streeter. “His two sons, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren came from Miami for his birthday (Oct. 28), bringing his favorite lobsters. He rallied for that festive occasion but called the hospice nurse that Friday night to say goodbye and to thank her, as he believed that would be his last weekend. Despite her belief that he still had time, he was gone on Monday.”
Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Advocacy Day event will be conducted virtually to allow this important message to be heard while also protecting their health and safety of patients and caregivers. On March 17, during the virtual Advocacy Day, Streeter will speak with the offices of Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, and Congressman Steve Womack to share her personal experience with lung cancer and explain why investments in public health, research funding and quality and affordable healthcare are important to her.
It is estimated that in 2021 alone, there will be over 2,970 people in Arkansas diagnosed with lung cancer and 1,810 will succumb to the disease. But more people than ever are living with lung cancer in part because survivors are sharing their stories and policymakers are taking action in response. That’s why Streeter is sharing 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 Arkansas.
Streeter encourages others in Arkansas to advocate for lung cancer research and healthcare protections by contacting their members of Congress. Learn more about her story and the LUNG FORCE initiative at LUNGFORCE.org.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. 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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