What an incredible week spent with some amazing lung cancer survivors and advocates in Washington, DC at the 8th Annual Lung Cancer Summit. Here are the top 7 highlights from the event.
- To kick off the event on Sunday night, we were fortunate enough to have a special musical performance from lung cancer survivor, Ginger Tam (vocals) and her cousin, Schulyer Slack (cello). Ginger has performed at past Shine a Light events and uses her music to raise awareness for the cause.
- On Monday, we heard from our keynote survivor speaker, Dawn Horner. Dawn just finished running a half marathon, even after her diagnosis. She has taken her lung cancer experiences and is turning them into something positive by giving back through Lung Love Run/Walk Portland.
- For the first time, we awarded the Michael G. Oxley Advocacy Scholarship Fund and Leadership Award to our very own Sheila Ross! The award embodies all that the late Honorable Michael G. Oxley, former Chairman of the Board of Lung Cancer Alliance, represented in his long and accomplished public service career – leadership, fairness, integrity, purpose, compassion, and service to others. There is no one more fit for the award than Sheila, a two time lung cancer survivor and the ultimate lung cancer advocate, having served with Lung Cancer Alliance as Special Counsel for 15 years.
- On Tuesday, 65 survivors and loved ones from 26 states met with over 100 congressional representatives to discuss the importance of lung cancer. It was a BIG day to say the least!
- Dinner following our Hill Day was full of laughs and tears, with survivors and loved ones sharing highlights from their day. Awards were also presented to Ken Wheatley, for his leadership over the past five years as California Chapter Co-Director, and Shelly Engfer-Triebenbach for her ongoing efforts and dedication to the cause.
- We finished the Summit with a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill discussing the devastating facts surrounding women and lung cancer. We heard from some very impressive leaders in the medical community making great strides for lung cancer and women.
- The best part about the Summit was that everyone got involved, even those who were not able to attend in person. Through Facebook and Twitter conversations, the event expanding beyond Washington DC. Keep up the buzz! It is a great way to share your story, raise awareness and educate.
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