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Senators Chuck Hagel and Dianne Feinstein Make Lung Cancer Matter
Date:6/28/2008

e funding and attention that it rightly deserves and desperately needs. This is great. I love Senators Hagel and Feinstein !!!"

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation acknowledged both Senators in the last two years by honoring each with the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation's Luminosity Award. The Luminosity Award honors courageous individuals who light the way in the global fight against Lung Cancer and prioritize funding for research so that ultimately a cure for the deadliest of all cancers will be found.

Founder Bonnie J. Addario's reaction to the announcement of the Lung Cancer Mortality Act of 2008: "I was in touch with Senator Hagel's office last week from a distance at the 9th International Lung Cancer Congress in Hawaii, when I first learned about this Act. I can't thank Senators Hagel and Feinstein enough for continuing to make Lung Cancer a national priority. It is obviously a priority to me, an accidental Lung Cancer Survivor, and my family, and every person involved with my Foundation. With over 450 people dying of Lung Cancer a day in the U.S. alone, I personally don't understand why this is not already a national priority. I thank both Senators for bringing this to the forefront and I look forward to seeing this Act enacted. It's long overdue. By about four decades. I am so grateful to the scientists and researchers and physicians and doctors who have made such strides in the survival rates for breast cancer (89.9%), prostate cancer (99.9%), and ovarian cancer (64.8%) since the National Cancer Act in 1971. Kudos to all of you. The overall survival rate for Lung Cancer has remained the same (15.5%). That needs to change. Thank you, Senators. Thank you, Lung Cancer Alliance. Thank you, in advance, to the members of the Senate, and eventually the House, who will pass this. We look forward to working very closely with you and accelerating the cure for Lung Cancer."

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