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Bakersfield woman goes to Capitol Hill to push for Congress to help end cancer

Posted: 2:19 PM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 17:29:05-04
Lobby Day - Patsy Romero

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Bakersfield woman has joined hundreds of cancer patients and survivors in Washington, D.C. to ask Congress to help end the disease, according to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action.

On Tuesday, Patsy Romero is participating in Leadership Summit and Lobby Day where she and other cancer advocates are urging lawmakers to take steps to make cancer a national priority.

Romero also shipped more than 150 Lights of Hope bags all the way from California to Washington, D.C. for the summit's Lights of Hope ceremony featuring more than 40,000 lights in honor of a cancer survivor or to memorialize a loved one lost to the disease.

Romero was able to sell the bags in Bakersfield locally and raise $1,700 for the ACS CAN cancer fight! She is also in D.C. to meet with their representatives on Capitol Hill to ask for support in four key areas in the cancer fight.

  • Increase funding for research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $2.5 billion for Fiscal Year 2020
  • Help protect young people from tobacco addiction by supporting the SAFE Kids Act and the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act
  • Help protect young people from tobacco addiction by supporting the SAFE Kids Act and the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act
  • Support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA)
  • Remove barriers to colorectal screening