After recovering fro her own surgery for lung cancer, Pam Moffitt of Sioux Rapids has become active as a Lung Cancer Advocate. Her fight against lung cancer has become a major part of her daily routine and she has applied to attend several conferences on the cancer which nearly took her life.
On March 10, Pam received confirmation on acceptance to the NPAF (National Patient Advocate Foundation) as a State Policy Liaison in Iowa. She is the third member of this group that seeks to encourage and support healthcare policy reform that improves, restores and maintains access to care and reimbursement for each step of integrated healthcare services required from points of early detection of cancer to end of life care.
Also, she said, Governor Vilsack has signed the proclamation for "Patient Advocate Day" in Iowa.
Pam also interviewed via telephone with Dr. C. Jorgensen, a behavioral scientist doing a research report on lung cancer screenings and the issues and needs of a survivor. She interviewed with the Scientific Leadership Council, Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Group on the importance of Advocates for their spring newsletter.
Pam has applied to attend LIVESTRONG Day in Washington, DC, funded by the Lance Armstrong Foundation to meet face to face with politicians to discuss cancer survivorship issues. The Foundation also has a letter anyone can sign and is sent to your federal politicians urging them to increase funding for cancer research and not to cut the budget. Go to www.livestrong.org to sign the letter.
From March 25-28, the LCA (Lung Cancer Alliance) is giving Political Advocacy training in Washington, DC. Pam hopes to meet with Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Steve King to urge the Congress and Senate not to cut the health care funding.
Pam has also just been named Executive Chairman for the Lung Cancer Alliance of Iowa. She will be recruiting more advocates after returning from Washington.
The list of training and advocacy travels goes on - Minnesota in May, Atlanta and possibly Maryland in June, the Mayo Clinic in August. Pam will also attend the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation national meeting where she will participate in a clinical research workshop.
In May, Pam will attend a stakeholder meeting in Washington, DC for the Scientific Leadership Council in Lung Cancer. The papers from the meeting in January will be presented.
In June, Pam was asked by Dr. Joan Shiller, president of WALC (Women Against Lung Cancer) to attend a meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. "Women and Lung Cancer: Genes and Environment" will be presented. She has also submitted an application for one of five volunteer positions on a national board, and if she is appointed she will be going to Bethesda, Maryland at least twice a year and working on committees.
In addition to that, she will also participate in at least one, if not two national and international teleconferences on all aspects of cancer, the newest technology and clinical drugs.
Pam said she is excited to be a part of the fight against lung cancer, in hopes she will encourage someone else who has been faced with the disease.
* Report courtesy Sioux Rapids Bulletin-Press.