ACS: Governor Set to Sign “Nick’s Law” American Cancer
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Cindy Tomlinson, Wisconsin Constituent Relations Director
Society Commends Governor for Improving Access to Medications for Cancer Patients
MADISON, WIS. – April 7, 2004– Governor Jim Doyle will sign Nick’s Law tomorrow, Tuesday, April 6, 2004. The legislation will create a cancer drug repository that will accept donations of unopened, medications and medical supplies when they are no longer needed by a cancer patient. Uninsured and low-income cancer patients in Wisconsin will then have access to these life-saving medications and medical supplies.
The bill signing will take place at 11 a.m. at the Hedberg Library, Carthage College, Kenosha.
This legislation is named after American Cancer Society volunteer Nick Scavone, Kenosha, who lost his battle with cancer in November 2003 after a 20-year fight. Nick was fully dedicated to the American Cancer Society and its mission to diminish the suffering caused by cancer and eliminate it from being a major health problem. "Nick would have been so excited to know that his legacy lives on – that he is still able to help others have the best chance possible to beat this dreaded disease,” stated Barbara Scavone, Nick’s wife of 13 years.
“This is a great day for cancer patients in Wisconsin,” stated Alison Prange, Wisconsin Government Relations liaison, American Cancer Society, Midwest Division, Inc. “On behalf of the American Cancer Society, I would like to thank Governor Doyle for his commitment to helping reduce the burden of cancer on the community. I would also like to commend the legislature for passing this bill so quickly.”
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. With national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society is active in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit www.cancer.org.