Grassroots Activism, Cancer Group Partnerships and Bi-Partisan Support Key
to Passage of Landmark Cancer Research Legislation
DALLAS, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure, together with its 12 Texas Affiliates, commends Texas voters for passing Proposition 15, bringing $3 billion into Texas-based cancer research and programs and making the state a leader in the cancer movement.
"It is past time to make the War on Cancer a priority, increase funds and stimulate a new era of research," said Diane Balma, Komen's vice president of public policy. "Yesterday, Texas voters took a stand, and made our state a model for others to emulate."
The passage of this unique and significant measure is a testament to the power of partnership among cancer organizations, bipartisan support among policymakers and, particularly, grassroots activism. Komen activists from around the state, along with individuals representing the Lance Armstrong Foundation, American Cancer Society and Texas Medical Association, rallied together to drive through this initiative that will potentially fill critical gaps that cause cancer to be a death sentence for too many people.
"Breast cancer activists and cancer advocates came together on a shared mission to pass legislation that could literally be the means to an end that almost sounds like a pipedream -- curing cancer," said Ramona Magid, executive director of the Komen Austin Affiliate. "While many have given their time, hearts and energy to this cause, we would not be here if it were not for the leadership of Cathy Bonner, who conceived of the idea to honor her late friend Ann Richards, as well as legislators Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Lewisville), Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin), Rep. Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs), Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland), Rep. Diane Delisi (R-Temple), Rep. Geannie Morrison (R-Victoria) and Rep. Fenfronia Thompson (D-Houston)."
On February 14, the Komen Texas Affiliates held their first-ever state lobby day in Austin to educate legislators about the importance of the initiative, as well as to lobby for state funding for the Texas Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program. This vital program, which all Texas Affiliates fund, provides early detection services and mammograms for the underinsured and uninsured women of Texas. This year, the Legislature made a first-time appropriation of $5 million to the program and expanded access to Medicaid for low-income women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. On Oct. 10, the Komen Austin Affiliate hosted the Komen Community Challenge "Close the Gap" rally in support of Prop 15, bringing together legislators, breast cancer advocates and Texas voters.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit http://www.komen.org or call 1-800 I'M AWARE.
|SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure|
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