Today, President Biden announced Dr. W. Kimryn Rathmell as the Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer issued the following statement regarding this announcement:
“The American Lung Association extends our congratulations to Dr. Rathmell and looks forward to working with her in our efforts to end the burden of lung cancer for families across America, especially among communities disproportionately affected by this deadly disease.
“Dr. Rathmell's experience and leadership will significantly contribute to the success of the Cancer Moonshot. The Lung Association commends the emphasis on urgency in driving new approaches to prevent, detect and treat cancer. Cancer patients and their loved ones expect Dr. Rathmell to lead NCI to innovative solutions that reach more people, providing them with the tools required to save and extend lives.
“As an organization dedicated to public health, we look forward to collaborating with Dr. Rathmell and the NCI to advance the common goal of ending lung cancer.”
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 Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.