HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL 4006
State of Washington 55th Legislature 1997 Regular Session
By Representatives Mitchell, Ogden, Sehlin, Robertson, Pennington, Lambert, Carrell, Ballasiotes, Radcliff, Delvin, Conway, Hankins, K. Schmidt, Zellinsky, Dyer, Sterk, Sump, Thompson, D. Sommers, Dickerson, Kenney, Cody, Mason, Mielke, Boldt, Costa, Scott, Cole, Johnson, Parlette, Cairnes, O'Brien, Lantz, Hickel, Anderson, Poulsen, Van Luven, Backlund, D. Schmidt, Romero, Alexander, Constantine, Morris, Fisher, Quall, Murray, Hatfield, Kessler, Blalock, DeBolt, L. Thomas, Carlson, Keiser, Wensman, Butler, Cooke, Linville, Sheldon, Gardner, Sullivan, Wolfe, Talcott, Cooper, Chopp, Gombosky, Regala and Doumit
Read first time 01/27/97. Referred to Committee on Health Care.
TO THE HONORABLE WILLIAM J. CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES, IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE HONORABLE PATTY MURRAY, UNITED STATES SENATOR, AND TO THE HONORABLE LINDA SMITH, UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE, AND TO JOHN SEFFRIN OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY NATIONAL HOME OFFICE, AND TO SHERRY BAILEY OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY NATIONAL HOME OFFICE, AND TO FRAN VISCO OF THE NATIONAL BREAST CANCER COALITION, AND TO WILLIE STEWART, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, WESTERN PACIFIC DIVISION OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, AND TO ANN MARIE POMERINKE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, WESTERN PACIFIC DIVISION OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, AND TO THERESA MILLER OF THE BREAST CANCER TASK FORCE OF THE WESTERN PACIFIC DIVISION OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, AND TO DEB SCHIRO OF THE DIVISION OFFICE OF THE WESTERN PACIFIC DIVISION OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY:
We, your Memorialists, the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Washington, in legislative session assembled, respectfully represent and petition as follows:
WHEREAS, More than three thousand eight hundred women in Washington will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year; and
WHEREAS, Nearly one thousand women in Washington lost their lives to breast cancer in 1996; and
WHEREAS, Women who die from breast cancer lose an average of twenty years of their life; and
WHEREAS, Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women; and
WHEREAS, The medical treatment costs of breast cancer nation-wide total over six billion dollars annually; and
WHEREAS, Underfunded research into the causes of breast cancer have not yet determined a cause, prevention, or cure for the disease; and
WHEREAS, Research into the cause and cure for all cancers totals only one-tenth of one percent of the federal budget; and
WHEREAS, The Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Washington honor and support the American Cancer Society's "Campaign 2.6" signature drive;
NOW, THEREFORE, Your Memorialists respectfully pray that the President of the United States and members of the United States Congress recommit to eradicating breast cancer by investing two billion six million dollars in breast cancer research between now and January 1, 2000, and mandate that cancer activists be among those who decide how that money is appropriated.
BE IT RESOLVED, That Copies of the Memorial be immediately transmitted to the Honorable William J. Clinton, President of the United States; the Honorable Patty Murray, United States Senator; the Honorable Linda Smith, United States Representative; John Seffrin of the American Cancer Society National Home Office; Sherry Bailey of the American Cancer Society National Home Office; Fran Visco of the National Breast Cancer Coalition; Willie Stewart, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Western Pacific Division of the American Cancer Society; Ann Marie Pomerinke, Chief Executive Officer, Western Pacific Division of the American Cancer Society; Theresa Miller of the Breast Cancer Task Force of the Western Pacific Division of the American Cancer Society; Deb Schiro of the division office of the Western Pacific Division of the American Cancer Society; the President of the United States Senate; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and each member of Congress from the State of Washington.
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