s_meksvanh Posted September 22, 2003 Share Posted September 22, 2003 Interesting turn of events... Having lots of time on my hands, decided to offer my services as a volunteer. Contacted the local American Cancer Society chapter and spoke to the Sr. VP for volunteerism (Mid-Atlantic Region). Told her that I was a 2 times lung cancer survivor and was interested in helping in any way that I could. She placed a few calls and got back to me within 2 weeks. I was called by the American Cancer Society's Government Relations Manager for Maryland and invited to join the Public Policy Committee. I was asked to testify on matters of local interest at the next legislative session in Annapolis, Maryland on behalf of lung cancer victims. I was also asked if I would be willing to testify on Capitol Hill on matters of national importance. I agreed to both. For those interested in shaping public policy, click on the following link to read the American Cancer Society's "How Do You Measure Up?" - a progress report on State Legislative Activity to reduce cancer incidence and mortality. There are interesting facts and figures on Tobacco for each of the 50 states. http://www.cancer.org/downloads/GI/How% ... e%20Up.pdf Sadly, it would appear as though I am the ONLY lung cancer survivor on the American Cancer Society's Public Policy Committee in Maryland. This raises a more disturbing question: am I the only lung cancer survivor to sit on Public Policy Committees nationwide? For our sake, I hope not. Fellow survivors, patients and/or family members: If we are going to change the course of history and thus this disease, I appeal to all those on this message board who are able-bodied to call their American Cancer Society Government Relations contact in their home state and volunteer their services. The contact info is at the back of the document listed above. We cannot afford to sit idly by while every 3.5 minutes another one of us dies. These activities should not consume an inordinate amount of your time but will have far reaching implications on lung cancer. When testifying in your State's chambers, let your legislators know that they should not to confuse you with the facts (those presented by the American Cancer Society) and you as a living, breathing person afflicted with, or by cancer. The impact of live testimony of a cancer survivor or family member on those present in the chambers is tremendous. When testifying, speak not of facts, but of personal experience, pain, and courage in the face of personal adversity. I did so back in 1998 on Capitol Hill - the lady U.S. senator to whom I spoke, had a daughter who had regrettably been diagnosed with lung cancer the morning of our session. She LISTENED. And so will others, but we need to be there to be heard. I challenge message board members, that by the end of this year, we have a lung cancer survivor or family member sit on the Public Policy Committee in each of the 50 states of the Union to represent our interests at the state and national legislative level. I'll shut up now. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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