Cancer Patients Rally At Capitol For Cancer Research Funding

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UPDATE 5:30 p.m.

In 2007, Anna Morales-Black of Tallahassee felt what every woman fears: a lump in her breast.

"I wasn't able to get diagnosed at all because I didn't have insurance," said Morales-Black.

Thanks to the American Cancer Society and the Mary Brogan Program, she was able to be diagnosed in 2008 and get the help she needed.

"Them funding that one mammogram to me is the most important thing that has happened in my life."

On Wednesday, survivors, caregivers and doctors all joined together to remind lawmakers about the importance of funding programs and research.

"The whole aim behind everything that we do here and in the legislature is to have more survivors," said Rep. Marti Coley of Marianna.

The American Cancer Society doesn't just want support from lawmakers they want funding including $50 million for cancer research here in the state of Florida. Last year they received $25 million from the state legislature.

In 2012, Anna was diagnosed a second time with breast cancer. She's survived twice and says programs like the one that helped her are the difference between life and death.

News Release: American Cancer Society, Inc.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - February 14, 2014 - Breast cancer patients, survivors of breast and other cancers and their families from throughout Florida will gather at the Capitol building to ask legislators to support a $900,000 increase in funding for the Mary Brogan breast and cervical cancer early detection program.

The visit is part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's annual Advocacy Day, which will bring 100 people touched by cancer together to call on the Florida legislature to make cancer a priority.

This year, 15,480 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Florida and an estimated 2,770 will lose their battle with the disease. ACS CAN supports increasing funding for the Mary Brogan Program, which provides mammograms and Pap tests to underserved and uninsured women throughout the state of Florida. Early detection is the key to cancer survival, and women with inadequate or no insurance are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at later stages.

WHO: 100 Cancer Survivors, Patients and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Volunteers

WHAT: Florida Advocacy Day

WHERE: Florida State Capitol

WHEN: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 10:30 am

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