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My Day On Capitol Hill

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Joan Lunden

Breast Cancer /

I’ve visited Washington DC many times as a journalist, but never before have I been there as an advocate. And last week I joined efforts with Susan G. Komen and Are You Dense, Inc. on The Hill to help push for legislation affecting standards of practice as it relates to Breast Cancer for women across the country.

My Day On Capitol Hill

We met first with Senator, Chris Murphy (D-CT) who represents a state that’s been a champion in many bills relating specifically to breast density reporting laws, Connecticut, my home state. After a few meetings with Senators in the Hart Building, the side of The Capitol which holds Senators’ offices, we made our way to the House side to meet with various state representatives. 

The formality of these meetings could be intimidating however when you go in with a purpose for which to fight, the experience is so rewarding. Almost 200 advocates from Susan G. Komen also met with their local and state congressmen and women, sharing personal stories to help put faces on a number of federal bills pending on the floor of Congress. It was invigorating to see the halls, which are lined with state flags and offices, peppered with PINK to represent the cause for which were all in attendance, Breast Cancer.

Are you interested in joining advocacy efforts in Washington? Check out our good friend Nancy Capello and her organization, Are You Dense, to learn how you can help.

(An insiders note? Wear comfortable shoes!)

I look forward to being involved with more advocacy initiatives moving forward!

About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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