American Cancer Society - NH Health Care Reform Rally in Concord on July 22

Cancer Advocates Call For Health Care Reform Now
On July 22, the American Cancer Society will unveil thousands of
hospital bracelets signed by New Hampshire citizens

(Bedford, NH) American Cancer Society volunteers will gather at the State House in Concord on Wednesday, July 22, at 4:30 p.m., to urge our political leaders to enact effective health care reform now. They will be displaying the results of a recent grassroots effort to show the widespread support for health care reform in New Hampshire.

This effort, called “Linking Together for Health Care,” encourages volunteers to sign hospital bracelets to let Congress know that they want health care reform now. The message is a simple one: When you sign your name on one of the bracelets, you become another link in the chain that asks that cancer prevention and treatment be at the forefront of health care reform.

To date, over 4,000 red, white, and blue bracelets have been signed in New Hampshire and will be unveiled at the July 22nd event. Afterwards, advocates will walk over to Sen. Judd Gregg's office to present him with a portion of the signed bracelets (a delegation will also be visiting the offices of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen).

Among the advocates will be Cheryl Cutting, a breast cancer survivor from Sanbornton, who returned this week from Washington, D.C., after meeting with New Hampshire lawmakers to advocate for health care that is accessible, affordable, available and administratively simple. Cutting was one of 50 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers, one from each state, calling for action on comprehensive health care reform.

Speaking on behalf of cancer patients and survivors in New Hampshire, Cutting explained that if we can improve the health care system for people with cancer, we will improve it for everyone else as well.

Also, immediately after the “Linking Together for Health Care” event, there will be a reception/fundraiser at the Barley House to support the work of the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network. Ann Marie Morse, the driving force behind the passage of Michelle's Law, will talk about how dedicated cancer advocates can effectively change public policy. For more information on attending this reception, call Eileen Sheehan-Willet at 603.471.4122 or email

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit