Cancer Survivors, Caregivers to Rally for Improved Care at State Capitol

Advocates to gather in Charleston for legislative basketball game, Capitol event

January 24, 2018

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Jan. 24, 2017 – Cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state will gather next week in Charleston for two events to call for improved care and quality of life for cancer patients.

The first event is a memorial basketball game to raise money for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s lifesaving mission. State House and Senate legislators will play in memory of the late Delegate Dick Henderson and Delegate Tony Lewis, both of whom faced cancer diagnoses. A donation of $5 is asked for admission.

WHO:          State Senate and House of Delegates legislators

West Virginia cancer advocates

WHAT:          Memorial basketball game

WHERE:          West Virginia State University, Walker Convocation Center
                        WV-25 and Barron Dr., Dunbar

WHEN:          Wednesday, Jan. 31
                        7 p.m.


The second event is ACS CAN’s annual Day at Capitol. Throughout the day, advocates will meet with their legislators and ask them to support a bill that will improve cancer patients’ quality of life through palliative care access.

ACS CAN will mark the day with Gov. Jim Justice in the morning with the signing of a proclamation that recognizes March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and pledges to screen 80 percent of adults by 2018.

WHO:          Gov. Jim Justice

West Virginia cancer advocates

WHAT:          ACS CAN Day at the Capitol and proclamation signing

WHERE:       West Virginia State Capitol, Governor’s reception room 

                        1900 Kanawha Blvd. E, Charleston

WHEN:          Thursday, Feb. 1

                        10 a.m.


ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.  ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit



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