Statement from American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Government Relations Director Kimberly Hughes
Leading Cancer Advocacy Organization Urges Colorado’s Senate Candidates to Make Fighting Cancer a National Priority
Volunteers Host Virtual Meeting with Sen. Cory Gardner as Part of National Voter Education Program and Invite John Hickenlooper to Discuss Cancer Issues
Denver, Colo.— Cancer patients, survivors and volunteer advocates from across Colorado met virtually Thursday afternoon with Sen. Cory Gardner to discuss policies and issues that are critical to fighting cancer. The meeting was part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Cancer Votes campaign—the nation’s leading voter education program informing the public and candidates about the actions lawmakers should take to make fighting cancer a national priority.
This campaign season, ACS CAN called on Colorado’s major U.S. Senate candidates to state their positions on cancer issues such as cancer research funding and access to health care, including rural cancer care. ACS CAN also issued an invitation to Sen. Gardner’s opponent, John Hickenlooper, to meet with volunteers.
“Lawmakers have the power to approve public health policies that help prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, as well as to ensure that cancer patients and survivors like me maintain access to the care they need,” said Theresa Brilli, ACS CAN Colorado state lead ambassador and Longmont-area resident. “This year alone, over 27,000 Coloradans will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 8,000 will die from it. Whoever wins this election can help save lives. That is why it’s important for voters to know where our candidates stand on these issues.”
During the open dialogue, volunteer Martha Cox of Morrison shared her experience as a cancer survivor and discussed the importance of ensuring that Coloradans who have health care through Medicaid expansion continue to be covered regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the health care law.
A link to the conversation is available at: https://vimeo.com/468738189. ACS CAN is strictly non-partisan and does not endorse, oppose, or contribute to any candidate or political party. For more information, visit www.cancervotes.org.