Leading Cancer Advocacy Organization Urges Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District Candidates to Make Fighting Cancer a National Priority

Volunteers Host Virtual Meeting with Rep. Angie Craig as Part of National Voter Education Program and Invite Tyler Kistner to Discuss Cancer Issues

October 2, 2020

EAGAN, Minn.— Cancer patients, survivors and volunteer advocates from across Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District met virtually Friday morning with Rep. Angie Craig 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. 

Throughout the campaign season, ACS CAN calls on Minnesota’s major 2nd Congressional District 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 Rep. Craig’s opponent, Tyler Kistner, to meet with volunteers. 

“Many important decisions about cancer are made not just in the doctor’s office, but also in Washington, D.C., and state capitols. Government officials make decisions every day about health issues that affect our family, friends and neighbors,” said Pam Fontem, Lake City resident and ACT! Lead volunteer for ACS CAN Minnesota. “This year alone, over 33,000 Minnesotans will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 10,000 will die from it. It’s important for voters to know where our candidates stand on policies to help save lives from cancer.” 

During the open dialogue, volunteer Kelly Leibold of Pine Island also shared her experience as a cancer survivor and discussed the importance of preexisting condition protections. In total, 14 constituents in the 2nd Congressional District joined the call.

A link to the conversation is available at: ACS CAN is also doing Cancer Votes work in the 7th Congressional District. ACS CAN is strictly non-partisan and does not endorse, oppose, or contribute to any candidate or political party. For more information, visit