WASHINGTON DC — January 30, 2014 — John R. Seffrin, chief executive of the American Cancer Society and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), issued the following statement today in response to Rep. Henry Waxman’s announcement that he would retire from Congress at the end of this year. ACS CAN honored Rep. Waxman with its National Distinguished Advocacy Award in 2009 for his leadership in the fight against cancer.
“With Rep. Henry Waxman announcing his retirement at the end of this year, Congress will lose a life-long advocate for public health. Throughout his career, Rep. Waxman has been a peerless advocate for proven policies that reduce tobacco use, a champion for programs that improve public health, and an extraordinarily effective legislator whose actions have helped to save millions of lives.”
ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Lauren Walens or Steven Weiss
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Phone: (202) 661-5763 or (202) 661-5711
Email: Lauren.Walens@cancer.org or Steve.Weiss@cancer.org
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