Lansing cancer advocate to meet with legislators in Washington DC

Kristi DeLaurentiis will urge Congress to make cancer a top priority

information provided by American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.

LANSING, Ill. (September 5, 2019) – Kristi DeLaurentiis, from Lansing, will join more than 700 cancer patients, survivors, volunteers, and staff from all 50 states and nearly every congressional district in Washington, DC, as part of the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Leadership Summit and Lobby Day, September 8-11. Advocates will ask Congress to take specific steps to make cancer a national priority and help end a disease that still kills 1,660 people a day in this country.

DeLaurentiis will meet with Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) to discuss the need to support an increase in federal funding for cancer research. She will also ask them to co-sponsor legislation that restricts flavoring of tobacco products to protect kids, support legislation to improve patients’ quality of life, and close a loophole in Medicare that often results in surprise costs for older Americans when a polyp is found during a routine colonoscopy.

DeLaurentiis said she is traveling to Washington, DC, to help ensure that fewer families will face a cancer diagnosis. She added that members of Congress play a critical role in passing public health policies that fight this disease.

“Roughly one in three Americans will hear the words ‘you have cancer’ in their lifetime,” DeLaurentiis said. “We need a full and unwavering commitment from Congress to take action to help prevent and treat cancer. We want our lawmakers to know that volunteers from Illinois and from every state across the country are counting on them to take a stand.”

DeLaurentiis is an ACS CAN volunteer. She also serves as the Executive Director at South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association.

About ACS CAN

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state, and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit www.fightcancer.org.

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