Self Storage Manager & Cancer Survivor Takes Action
Katie Bullington, lung cancer survivor and StorPlace Self Storage property manager, met with lawmakers to raise awareness and advocate for research funding and quality, affordable healthcare. Her courageous battle with lung cancer has given her an in depth insight into the urgent needs in this area. Here is a copy of the press release for the American Lung Association.
Lung Cancer Survivors to Meet with Tennessee Lawmakers to Advocate for Change
NASHVILLE – (March 17, 2021) – Local residents Kathleen Bullington and Stephen Huff have something in common; they were both diagnosed with and survived lung cancer and are now taking action for change. Today, March 17, they will meet with members of Congress to raise awareness about the disease and demand action.
Through the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, Bullington and Huff will join others personally affected by lung cancer to advocate for $46.1 billion in funding at the National Institutes of Health, $10 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, adequate and accessible healthcare.
Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Advocacy Day event will be conducted virtually to allow this important message to be heard while also protecting their health and safety of patients and caregivers.
During the virtual Advocacy Day, they will both will meet with members of the Tennessee Congressional delegation to share their personal experience with lung cancer and explain why investments in public health, research funding and quality and affordable healthcare are important to them.
It is estimated that in 2021 alone, there will be more than 6,400 people in Tennessee diagnosed with lung cancer and 3,400 will succumb to the disease. But more people than ever are living with lung cancer in part because survivors are sharing their stories and policymakers are taking action in response. That’s why they are sharing their story with lawmakers and others -- so that more can be done to help lung cancer patients and their caregivers throughout the United States and in Tennessee.
They encourage others in Tennessee to advocate for lung cancer research and healthcare protections by contacting their members of Congress. Learn more about her story and the LUNG FORCE initiative at LUNGFORCE.org.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
American Lung Association 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) Lung.org