SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 9 Today is "a moment in history" inthe battle against Lung Cancer -- the Number One Cancer Killer, thanks toCalifornia Assembly Member Tom Torlakson (D-11th District). His compassion andtireless efforts working with our Foundation, doctors, patients andresearchers to get legislation fighting this killer cancer, became realitywith the introduction of Assembly Bill (AB 89) in the California legislature,today.
"Senator Tom Torlakson and I have been working together to get a bill likethis introduced for over two years," said Bonnie Addario, BJALCF founder andLung Cancer survivor. (http://www.lungcancerfoundation.org) "This has been along time in planning and we are overjoyed that in the midst of such turmoilin our economy and in our country, Assembly Member Tom Torlakson made the timeto move this forward."
"AB 89 will provide much needed funding for Lung Cancer research whilesaving our state billions in tobacco-related health care costs," saidCalifornia Assembly Member Torlakson. "This creative solution will helpprotect our most precious resources -- our children and our health. I lookforward to working with organizations on the front lines of Lung Cancerresearch, such as the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, to get thisimportant law passed this year."
Addario, who trekked to the state Capitol to meet the then CaliforniaState Senator Torlakson, last August, to push for Lung Cancer researchlegislation, said it will take a considerable amount of work to see thisthrough, but today "has been a long time coming."
Addario has pledged the Foundation's ongoing endorsement and commitment topush this through and to create a united front with alliance partners. "Our'survivors', their families and the other organizations we are partnering withlike the Lung Cancer Alliance and the Beverly Fund, to name a few, are alignedin doing all they can to assist Assembly Member Tom Torlakson and his staff,"said Addario. "Senators Chuck Hagel, Dianne Feinstein, Hillary Clinton, SamBrownback, and others, have been working hard and fast on the Federal level.It's going to take a village, every state, the entire country, our newPresident, and a worldwide determination to bring the survival rate up, up, upfor Lung Cancer. It's our turn."
Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths nationally,internationally, and in California. Lung Cancer claims more lives each yearthan breast, prostate, colon, liver, melanoma, and kidney cancers combined.
In 2008, an estimated 18,060 Californians will be diagnosed with LungCancer and 13,100 will die from the disease. Over 70% are diagnosed at latestage -- accounting for the abysmal 15.5% five-year survival rate. It's timeto change this.
Torlakson's Bill, introduced today, imposes an additional $2.10 tax on apack of cigarettes and will generate approximately $2 billion annually thatwill fund Lung Cancer research, tobacco cessation services, education,children's health care and general health care.
About Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (BJALCF)
BJALCF is one of the nation's largest philanthropies devoted exclusivelyto eradicating Lung Cancer through research, early detection, education,prevention, and treatment. The Foundation works with a diverse group ofphysicians, organizations, individuals, and survivors to identify solutionsand make timely and meaningful change. BJALCF was established in 2006 as a501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has raised over 3.5 million dollars forLung Cancer. Contact: Sheila Von Driska, Executive Director,firstname.lastname@example.org/415.357.1278
SOURCE Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation