8-Year Lung Cancer Survivor Meets with Wisconsin Legislators to Advocate for Patients

Nancy Becker will join volunteers in nationwide event to support lifesaving research, public health infrastructure and access to quality healthcare

As an eight-year lung cancer survivor, Wisconsin resident Nancy Becker will meet with her members of Congress and explain why investments in public health, research funding and quality, affordable healthcare are critical during the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day on April 6, 2022. 

“As a long-time survivor of this terrible disease, I feel that it’s important for me to raise awareness and support research efforts to help improve lung cancer screening and treatments and find a cure,” said Becker. 

On February 6, 2014, Becker had a headache that turned into a migraine. After undergoing some tests, doctors found one nodule in each one of her lungs that were independent primaries. Becker was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer. Two months after her diagnosis, she had separate surgeries to remove the nodules. During that difficult time, she felt her mother by her side; she had passed away four years before Becker’s diagnosis from end stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Becker is now eight years post-surgery and considered cancer free.

As a part of the nationwide event, Becker will join more than 50 people across the country who have been impacted by lung cancer to advocate for $49 billion in research funding for the National Institutes of Health, $11 billion in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to protect expanded access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Advocacy Day 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, Becker will speak with Senator Tammy Baldwin’s office, Senator Ron Johnson’s office and Representative Mike Gallagher’s office and share her journey of being a lung cancer survivor.

It is estimated that in 2022 alone, there will be 4,500 people in Wisconsin diagnosed with lung cancer, but there is hope. More people than ever are surviving lung cancer, in part because patients and caregivers are urging their policymakers to take action. That’s why Becker 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 Wisconsin.

Becker encourages others in Wisconsin to advocate for lung cancer research and healthcare protections by contacting their members of Congress at Lungforce.org/AdvocacyDay. Learn more about Becker’s 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, 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.  

For more information, contact:

Dana Kauffman
[email protected]

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