Lung Cancer Survivors, Advocate to Meet with Iowa Lawmakers to Advocate for Change

Local residents Sara Geiken, Susanne Landgrebe and Steph Langstraat have all been personally affected by lung cancer; Geiken and Langsraat are lung cancer survivors and Landgrebe lost her sister to lung cancer. That’s why they’re taking action for change. Today, March 17, they will meet with members of Congress to raise awareness about the disease and demand action. 

Through the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, all three 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. 

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 the health and safety of patients and caregivers. 

During the virtual Advocacy Day, they will meet with members of the Iowa Congressional delegation to share their personal experience with lung cancer and explain why investments in public health, research funding and quality and affordable healthcare are important to them.
 
It is estimated that in 2021 alone, there will be 2,600 people in Iowa diagnosed with lung cancer and 1,400 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 they are sharing their 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 Iowa.

They encourage others in Iowa to advocate for lung cancer research and healthcare protections by contacting their members of Congress. Learn more about their story and the LUNG FORCE initiative at LUNGFORCE.org.

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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