- Lung Cancer Basics
Monday, August 21, 2017 - Today, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Norman Y. Mineta, an active member of Lung Cancer Alliance’s Board of Directors since 2008, was featured in a heartfelt article on the front page of the Washington Post, highlighting his unique friendship with Alan Simpson, former Senator of Wyoming. The two met following the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II, when Mineta’s family was displaced to the Heart Mountain detention camp in Cody, Wyoming, a town where Simpson comfortably lived as the son of a prominent family. Mineta and Simpson struck up an unlikely friendship during a Boy Scout jubilee and reconnected 35 years later when both found themselves on Capitol Hill. Mineta, a liberal Democrat, and Simpson, a conservative Republican, were in Congress together for 16 years and to this day are close friends.
Mineta not only survived the detention camp, but is also a survivor of lung cancer. He is dedicated to the cause and has served on Lung Cancer Alliance’s Board of Directors since 2008. We are proud to call Mineta an LCA family member and leader in our fight against lung cancer.