Lung Cancer Alliance-Kentucky/so. Indiana Hails Continued Support For Lung Cancer Research
Louisville, KY [July 14, 2010] --
Today, Lung Cancer Alliance-Kentucky/So.IN (LCA-KY/So.IN) thanked
Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) for his continued commitment to
bringing greater compassion and support to all those affected by lung
cancer by his recent endorsement of H.R. 2112, The Lung Cancer
Mortality Reduction Act (LCMRA).
H.R. 2112 is first-ever legislation to authorize a
multi-agency five year program to reduce the mortality rate of lung
cancer which continues to be the number one cause of cancer death both
nationally and in every state including Kentucky. Lung cancer causes
more deaths each year than breast, prostate, colon, kidney, melanoma
and liver cancers combined.
“Congressman Whitfield continues to lead by example on
this important public health issue, said Laurie Fenton Ambrose,
President & CEO of Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), as evidenced by his
recent cosponsor of legislation which springs from his work in the 110th
Last Congress, Congressman Whitfield (R-KY) co-authored
House Resolution 335, a simple resolution declaring lung cancer a
national public health priority and calling for a comprehensive
multi-agency plan to reduce its mortality. HRes 335 passed
unanimously as did its Senate counterpart SRes 87.
"Tragically, lung cancer continues to claim more lives
here in Kentucky, as well as across the country, than any other kind of
cancer," Whitfield said. "It is essential we do all that we can to
support research efforts to eradicate this killer disease and I am
pleased to do all that I can to help us achieve this goal."
“As survivors, caregivers and doctors, we could not be
more pleased to work with Congressman Whitfield, and other delegation
endorsers which include Congressmen Hal Rogers (R-KY) and John Yarmuth
(D-KY) to advance better outcomes for our community, said LCA-KY/So.IN
Chairs Nancy Alvey, Colette McCoy and Goetz Kloecker, MD. We hope to
have unanimous backing from our entire congressional delegation -- and
ultimately Congress – so we can end lung cancer as we know it.”
The key highlights of the bill require the Secretaries
of Health and Human Services, Defense and Veterans Affairs to combine
forces on a comprehensive, coordinated plan of action with funding
authorized for five years to accomplish the mortality reduction goal.
Take action today and secure the endorsement from your members of Congress!