Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Cancer FIGHT BACK bus will be at Wade Stadium on July 31

Minnesotans Team Up to Fight Back against Cancer Nationwide Access to Health Care Tour Rolls through Minnesota July 29-31.

A diverse group of Minnesotaorganizations, cancer patients, survivors and their families will besigning the Fight Back Express̢۪ rolling bus petition at tour stops inMinnesota July 29-31. The Minnesota stops are part of the American CancerSociety Cancer Action Network's (ACS CAN) six-month national tour to rallyAmerica for the fight against cancer. Minnesotans signatures and messageson the bus will join thousands more Americans calling on Congress, the next president and state policymakers to make health care and fighting cancernational and state priorities.

"Our bus petition and its Mobile Action Center will empower Minnesotans to fight back against this disease," said American Cancer Society volunteerSandy Slocum of Zimmerman, Minnesota. "We're organizing everyone to tell our elected leaders that access to life saving preventative cancer screening, and affordable, quality health care must be at the top of our nation's to do list."

Wade Stadium, Duluth 5-10 p.m., July 31

(Duluth Huskies Fight Back Night)The ACS CAN Fight Back Express tour launched in early May and will travel25,000 miles across 48 states through Election Day 2008. For moreinformation about ACS CAN and the Fight Back Express visit the press roomat:

For more information on Fight Back Express stopsin Minnesota, please contact Mike Maguire at the American Cancer Society.Cancer's Impact in Minnesota:Cancer is the leading cause of death in Minnesota. Each year, 23,500Minnesotans are diagnosed with cancer and 9,500 die from the disease. Under/uninsured Minnesotans diagnosed with cancer can be twice as likely todie from the disease as those with adequate health insurance protections.Minnesota Fight Back Express tour stops will educate the public on waysthey can fight back against cancer while highlighting the critical partnergovernment is in the fight against cancer.

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy partner of the American CancerSociety, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designedto eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourageelected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority.

ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with thetraining and tools they need to make their voices heard. For moreinformation, visit