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Push for Cancer Research Funding

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

Hundreds of cancer survivors and advocates gathered at the capital as one lawmaker announced legislation to increase funding for cancer research.

Rep. Adam Hasner of Delray Beach announced a bill that would earmark $9 million toward cancer research.

Florida has the second highest cancer mortality rate in the country, yet the American Cancer Society says Florida doesn't receive nearly enough funding.

Cancer survivor Kitty Flynn says she's proof funding can save lives.

"I was very blessed that they were able to do the treatments here, but it was because of the research prior to me getting the cancer that my doctors here knew what to do and that created me as a survivor."

The Florida Department of Health says in a two-year period in Leon County, nearly 900 people were diagnosed with cancer. Among them, more than half resulted in death.


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