Today, Oklahoma resident and lung cancer survivor, Edward Woodward, met with his members of Congress in Washington, D.C. during the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day.
As a part of the nationwide event, Woodward joined more than 40 other people across the country who have been impacted by lung cancer to ask lawmakers to support $51 billion in research funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), $11.6 billion in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to support and protect Medicaid.
Woodward was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2020 during a follow-up CT-SCAN revealed a nodule on the upper right lobe of his lung. He has undergone treatment consisting of a combination of chemo and immunotherapy and has also been part of two clinical trials. He is currently on an oral treatment, Balversa. Since his initial diagnosis Woodward has found peace in God and his faith.
In 2004 Woodward lost his younger sister to cancer, at the age of 54 which often makes him wonder how different her journey could have been if she had access to the research we have now. Woodward is hopeful that through research and funding progress can continue to be made and more treatment can become available.
During Advocacy Day, Woodward spoke with U.S. Senators James Lankford and Markwayne Mullin; and U.S. Representatives Frank Lucas, Stephanie Bice and Joaquin Castro 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 his.
The American Lung Association launched LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day in 2016 to ask members of Congress to support federal funding increases for lung cancer research, prevention and quality and affordable healthcare.
As a part of Advocacy Day, LUNG FORCE Heroes have succeeded in helping increase NIH lung cancer research funding by over 115%.
In 2022, Heroes successfully urged Congress to extend funding for tax credits so more than three million Americans were able to keep affordable healthcare coverage through the federal and state marketplaces.
Woodward encourages others in Oklahoma to advocate for lung cancer research and healthcare protections by contacting their members of Congress, which they can do at Lung.org/AdvocacyDay. Learn more about Woodward’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, 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.