SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah ) – Cancer patients and their supporters are having their day at State Capitol. They’re rallying to change Utah laws and make them more friendly in the fight against cancer.
On Thursday cancer survivors and cancer advocates rallied at the Utah State Capitol. It’s the annual day for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network. Roughly 150 people showed up, each with their own reason to share support for people fighting the deadly disease.
“I lost father to colon cancer when I was 18… and then I was diagnosed 3 years ago with chronic form of leukemia,” said Cheri Hubrich, cancer survivor.
“Even though I’m a survivor there’s side effects that are there daily, even though it’s been 18 years,” said Julie Reynolds, cancer survivor.
“Taking care of cancer is a hard journey and helping people, I love doing my care giving. I’ll do whatever I need to do,” said Tami Slauenwhite, caregiver.
Each of them are hoping to persuade State lawmakers to improve Utah cancer patients quality of life, by getting rid of private smoking rooms at the Salt Lake City airport, raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 years old and expanding medicaid coverage.
“Our goal is of course that the State pass medicaid expansion policy that goes all the way up to 130% of federal poverty, and offers comprehension benefits to cancer patients,” said Brook Carlisle, Govt. Relations Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
These three ideas don’t fix every cancer patients problem, but it’s a start to a much grander goal.
“We hope to create a world where nobody ever hears the words you have cancer,” said Reynolds.
They’re hoping State legislators can begin changing Utah’s laws to help make it happen.
To learn more about the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, click on this link to the acscan.org website.