The American Cancer Society recently named Mary Ann Wheatley and Stephanie Huffman as ambassadors to represent Cleburne at Celebration on the Hill 2006, a nationwide event to be held in Washington, D.C., Sept. 19-20, that will engage members of Congress in the fight against cancer. In this role, Wheatley and Huffman will be among 10,000 fellow ambassadors, cancer survivors and volunteers from every congressional district in the country at the event, which is being hosted by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

During the event, American Cancer Society volunteers will meet with lawmakers to demand that Congress make cancer a national priority by boosting the federal commitment to cancer research and programs. Participants will also converge upon the National Mall to share stories about how their lives have been touched by cancer. Celebration Ambassadors are community leaders, survivors, caregivers, health professionals, cancer researchers and volunteers who believe that defeating cancer will require courageous policy decisions by government officials at the federal, state and local levels.

“Cancer is the most feared disease in America,” Huffman said. “We want our members of Congress to know that this fear is felt in every corner of Texas. In 2006, an estimated 1,399,790 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer and an estimated 564,830 will die from the disease. In our state alone, we will see an estimated 85,570 new cases and 34,530 deaths. All of our ambassadors know the personal side of these statistics. We are honored to be carrying our message about making cancer funding a national priority to members of Congress.”



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