Cancer advocates converge on capital

<p>A group of Stanfield Secondary students and chaperones pause for a photo at the United States Capital. Accompanied by nine adults, 19 eighth and ninth graders enjoyed a spring break trip to Washington D.C.</p>

Nearly 50 cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state, including a group from Eastern Oregon, traveled to Salem earlier this month as part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Lobby Day.

Among those were Paula Messenger and Charlotte Saunders of Hermiston, Nancy Brown of Echo and Gert Hawthorne and Karen Malcolm of Pendleton.

As cancer care-givers and advocates, Hawthorne and Malcolm said they want to let lawmakers know that in order to eliminate cancer as a major health problem in Oregon, legislators must join the fight.

“By making health and prevention programs and access to health care a priority, we can ensure that progress continues to combat the devastating toll of this disease,” they said.

The group asked lawmakers to support Medicaid expansion, the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement investment proposal and Senate Bill 621.

For more information about the nonpartisan American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, go to www.acscan.org.

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