Congressman Fitzpatrick Receives National Distinguished Advocacy Award for Championing Lifesaving Cancer Public Policy

Award is Highest Honor Presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

September 15, 2020

HARRISBURG, PA – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award this week, the most prestigious award presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), in recognition of his significant contributions to the fight against cancer.

ACS CAN, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, presents the annual award to select lawmakers who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the area of cancer-related public policy advocacy.

“Rep. Fitzpatrick has long been a dedicated champion when it comes to the fight against cancer, repeatedly taking the lead on legislation that is critical to preventing, detecting and treating cancer and bettering the lives of patients and survivors,” said Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN. “We are very grateful for his steadfast commitment to improving public health and look forward to continued partnership as we work to address the burden of cancer for families across the country.”

Congressman Fitzpatrick deeply understands cancer issues. He helped his brother as he underwent treatments for colon cancer and was by his side throughout his cancer journey. His brother eventually lost his life to melanoma.

Congressman Fitzpatrick serves as the co-chair of the House Cancer Caucus and is the lead Republican cosponsor of the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, and a cosponsor of the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act. For the past two years he has advocated strongly for increased funding for the National Cancer Institute                                                                                                              

“We need members of Congress who understand how important effective legislation is to improving health outcomes for those fighting cancer,” said ACS CAN Pennsylvania Government Relations Director Emma Watson. “We’re proud to recognize Congressman Fitzpatrick for his work to ensure that research is funded, and patients have access to the care they need. With collaboration comes true progress.”

The award was presented on Sept. 15 as part of the annual ACS CAN Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. Nearly 700 cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones met virtually with their elected officials to urge them to support policies that increase funding for cancer research and prevention programs and address barriers that prevent diverse populations from enrolling in clinical trials.




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

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