Shine a light on lung cancer
NEW MARKET — Advocates for lung cancer awareness gathered across the nation on Thursday for the seventh annual national Shine a Light on Lung Cancer.
Locally, advocates and U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, gathered at the New Market Fire Hall on Thursday to discuss lung cancer and offer support.
Josette Miller, of New Market, has been an advocate since her mother passed away from lung cancer.
“If everyone stays silent, how do you expect change?” Miller said.
She and her husband Paul are part of Lung Cancer Alliance, a group that advocates for lung cancer awareness around the county.
Among those in attendance Thursday was U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, who spoke on why lung cancer is an important legislative matter for those in government.
Goodlatte said the Lung Cancer Alliance is “committed to making circumstance better” for those suffering from this disease.
“I’ve met a lot of people who are dealing with a very severe, serious problem,” Goodlatte said. “They have lung cancer themselves, they may have family members, they may know somebody or lost somebody.”
Goodlatte said nearly 25 percent of cancer deaths in Virginia are from lung cancer.
He listed some well-known people in history who have died from lung cancer, including Walt Disney, Claude Monet, Peter Jennings and Nat King Cole.
“We lost their lives,” he said. “We are here to remember all the lost lives and be thankful to those who have survived. To offer encouragement and support to those currently fighting the disease, and to remind everyone that each life matters, each person matters.”
Goodlatte is a member of the Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus. According to Goodlatte, this caucus was created to educate members of Congress and their staffs about the issues surrounding lung cancer. It seeks to eliminate the stigma surrounding lung cancer, improve survivorship and promote access to preventative screenings, research, treatment and testing.
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