Making the cancer fight a top priority from Stillwater to D.C.
To the Editor:
In September, I had the honor of representing Minnesota on Capitol Hill. Along with nearly 700 of my fellow American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers and staff from across the country, I traveled to Washington D.C. to urge our lawmakers to make cancer a national priority.
Together, we called on Congress to support lifesaving policies that help people prevent and better treat cancer. We asked legislators for their support in increasing federal funding for cancer research, removing cost barriers to colorectal cancer screenings for seniors, backing legislation to improve patient quality of life and preventing Big Tobacco from targeting kids with flavored products.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Sen. Amy Klobuchar D-MN, Sen. Tina Smith D-MN and Rep. Betty McCollum D-MN and tell them that cancer isn’t partisan—it touches every community. Congress should seize the opportunity to pass critical, bipartisan legislation that can help save lives and end cancer as we know it.
I also let our lawmakers know that Minnesotans and many others across the country rely on them to support legislation that will help reduce the cancer burden and protect our communities. With about 1,660 people dying from cancer every day, we must take legislative action on these important issues.
I encourage you to join us, giving us a stronger and louder voice in the fight against cancer. Visit fightcancer.org to be connected to people like me in your community.
Lois Raboin Conn
Conn is a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).