Tampa resident Joseph Mannino lost his father to lung cancer, so this Wednesday, March 17, he will meet with members of Congress to raise awareness about the disease and demand action.
Through the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, Mannino 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.
This year marks 15 years since Mannino lost his father, Vito Salvatore Mannino, to lung cancer.
“If a son must continue the battles that their fathers began, I shall wage war against lung disease by any means necessary. It's both my honor and my legacy,” he said.
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, Mannino will meet with members of the Florida Congressional delegation including Senator Marco Rubio to share his personal experience with lung cancer and explain why investments in public health, research funding and quality and affordable healthcare are important to him.
It is estimated that in 2021 alone, there will be over 18,470 people in Florida diagnosed with lung cancer and 10,940 will succumb to the disease. But more people than ever are living with lung cancer in part because survivors and caregivers are sharing their stories and policymakers are taking action in response. That’s why Mannino is sharing his 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 Florida.
Mannino encourages others in Florida to advocate for lung cancer research and healthcare protections by contacting their members of Congress. Learn more about his story and the LUNG FORCE initiative at 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 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, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.