Last week, I had the honor of representing Wisconsin on Capitol Hill by traveling to Washington, D.C., with more that 700 of my fellow American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers from across the country to urge Congress to make cancer a national priority.

Together, we called on Congress to support lifesaving policies that help people prevent and better treat cancer. We asked legislators for their support in increasing federal funding for cancer research, backing legislation to improve patient’s quality of life and removing cost barriers to colorectal cancer screenings for seniors.

When I met with Rep. Ron Kind, I told him that cancer is nonpartisan, and that Congress should seize the opportunity to pass critical legislation that can help end cancer as we know it. I also told him the story of my daughter Tammi who lost her battle to childhood leukemia in 1978, and that on Aug. 30 of this year, a young researcher named Dr. Christian Capitini got FDA approval on his treatment of pediatric leukemia.

Thirty-nine years of my prayers have been answered, that maybe another family will not have to suffer the heartache that our family has suffered. With Dr. Capitini’s research and treatment, hopefully pediatric leukemia will be conquered, and may be a thing of the past. Time will tell.

I encourage you to join us, giving us a stronger and louder voice in the fight against cancer. Visit

Linda DeGarmo, Chaseburg