Thursday, April 6, 2017

American Cancer Society - Minnesota Day At The Capitol Is A Success!

I feel so grateful to work with the American Cancer Society!
For many years, I have been given countless opportunities to work across most all aspects within the cancer space.  Advocacy is truly one of my favorite ways to make a difference!
this year, our 'Day The capitol' event was informative and effective, as I joined approximately, one hundred other cancer advocates (my ACS CAN staff leader, Dana, calls us "Cancer Super Heroes!"), from across the great state of Minnesota, to talk to our legislators about key pieces of legislation which are vital to cancer patients and their families.

*Palliative Care
*Links Of Care
*Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)

MN Legislation specifics can be found:

I began my cancer advocacy work by first writing a letter to my then, US Senators, calling for their support for legislation related to prostate cancer issues.  After, I began calling my state representatives, members of congress and both state and US senators - again imploring their support for needs like, access to care, screening issues, funding, etc.  It was at that time I knew I wanted to do even more! 
Because of my efforts, I was given an opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and speak to my senators, on Capitol Hill!  I remember being so nervous to talk face to face with my lawmakers about cancer legislation. I spent hours preparing by trying to memorize the language and key elements of the legislation and worked to perfect my 'ask' of support from each lawmaker I was to speak to.  I chuckle as I look back on that experience, how 'over the edge' with worry, I was!
The American Cancer Society and my ACS staff partners prepare me and all advocates with the information to support the current legislation up for vote, and quickly remind me that my story - my experience, is what will have the greatest impact and influence when speaking with a lawmaker.
After all, with 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, they most likely have a cancer connection of their own and want to help do something about it!

Pictured with my district advocacy team members and Rep. Tama Theis.  Tama has been an incredible supporter of past and current legislation - for which I am so grateful!

As an American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Ambassador (ACS CAN), Because of my advocacy experience, I was an ACS CAN Coach/Navigator for The Day At The Capitol. I proudly wore my ACS CAN red vest so I could be easily identified among advocates, for those in need of assistance during their conversations with their lawmakers.

All in all, it was an energizing and successful Day At The Capitol!

Each year I'm left with such a sense of accomplishment and optimism, which sets the tone for the work I will accomplish as the year progresses.  As every year, there is much work to be done!

Facing Cancer Together,

Monday, March 27, 2017

My Day At The Capitol - As An American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Ambassador

My relentless passion surrounding cancer stems from too many family diagnosis's and deaths, as well as fears for the future health of my children, due to family history.  
When I began this work 17 years ago, I felt helpless to this disease and what I could possibly do to be of use to my dad and others battling to live.  I quickly learned that there were many areas in which I could be of use; on a scale greater than I ever imagined!  
 The American Cancer Society has given me hundreds of opportunities over the years to continue my work to eliminate cancer.  Many of which are in the form of the extremely important - ADVOCACY efforts of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).
Through public policy agendas, we as citizens have a unique and powerful opportunity to connect with our elected officials at every level of government (local city councils and county commissions to every state legislature, the U.S. Congress and the federal government) to inform and educate them on how legislation can positively or negatively impact us - their constituents.

As a fiercely proud ACS CAN Ambassador, I am anxiously looking forward to one of my most favorite days of the year - ACS CAN 'Day At The Capitol', in St. Paul.  Tomorrow, I will join hundreds of ACS CAN members as we spend the morning in volunteer training, followed by a midday rally, then my most favorite part - meetings with lawmakers!
This year I have been asked to be an ACS CAN Coach for volunteers to help them navigate their lawmaker visits.

Our focus tomorrow is: Palliative Care, Links Of Care/Colorectal Screenings and Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP).

I'll share what I know will be a terrific and successful day, tomorrow!

Facing Cancer Together,

Serving Smiles - Smile Network International

Please join my friends at Smile Network International for an incredible event helping so many in need!

Minneapolis-based designer Julia Knight and Smile Network International partner to raise funds for those in need of life-altering surgeries and health care services.   

                                 For three days in April (April 6th, 7th, & 8th), Smile Network International will host a Spring Sample Sale featuring the dazzling Julia Knight Collection. These two Minneapolis based organizations are partnering to donate event proceeds to the Smile Network International and the impoverished children and families they serve. This event will be hosted in the Smile Network’s new retail location, Inspire, located in the Loring Park neighborhood. The Spring Sample Sale will feature beautifully designed luxury artisanal seveware, tableware, home décor, barware, bath accessories and much more!  All starting at 50% off retail price.


 *Julia Knight Collection Inc., founded in 2001, based in Minneapolis MN, is a lifestyle brand of dazzling high style serve ware, tableware and home décor statements for both entertaining and gifting. Today, Julia Knight is the go-to expert for the tricks, fabulous extras and behind the scenes secrets that make pulling off a picture-perfect party effortless. For more information about Julia Knight, visit

Smile Network International is a non-profit humanitarian organization, which provides life-altering surgeries and related health care services to impoverished children and adults in developing nations. In the space of 45 minutes and for just $500, a life is changed with dignity and hope restored. For more information visit

For questions regarding this event, please contact Gina Moore 763.412.0716