I am beginning to really get excited about going to Washington DC to be a part of Advocacy Days. Yes participating in the Purple Stride event, and meeting Jai, is going to be really cool, but long time readers of this blog know that I have been jonesing to do “more.”
People have told me that my story has inspired them with challenges in their own lives and that has been incredibly humbling. But when I go to Washington, I am going to be meeting with Georgia legislators as a patient survivor, in the hopes of getting their support for Senate Bill 3320, the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act. The Advocacy coordinator for Georgia has contacted me to say that she wants me there to speak with my senator, Saxby Chambliss, my representative, John Linder, as well as several other Georgia legislators to gain their support for pancreatic cancer research. (I did mention to her that to say that Chambliss and Linder were “my” political representatives is something of a stretch, since (a) we do not belong to the same political party, and (b) neither has expressed an interest in supporting pancreatic cancer research when I have contacted them in the past. Perhaps, as Alicia (the advocacy coordinator) told me, being there in person might make a difference.
I will be sure to take pictures of the whole weekend’s events and to post about my experiences. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, please consider donating to my efforts to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.