NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Cancer Action Network's Fight Back Express is a rolling petition. Hundreds of signatures, collected across the nation are on the bus panels. People across the nation are speaking in unity to make cancer a national priority. ACS regional government relations director Kristine Weaver said, " Our whole message behind this is if one person can fight cancer, a nation can raise up to defeat it. "
The signatures speak volumes. They symbolize how many lives are touched by cancer. From hospital pharmacist Jerry Hudgens who shared, " Two weeks later biopsy I got the biopsy reports and, yeah, I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer. " To Holly Randall, a daughter spending quality time with her father after his decision to end cancer treatments. " It just helps me get up everyday to know that I'm actively making a difference so that somebody doesn't have to deal with the same things that we've had to deal with or my father. "
The American Cancer Society brought the fight back express to Nacogdoches after learning the city passed the no smoking ordinance. Mayor Roger VanHorn said while signing the bus, " I'm getting ready to join this group of dedicated people to fight cancer in our country and I'm very proud to do that. "
The bus has been on the nation's roads since may. It rolled up during Nacogdoches Medical Center's Brake For Breakfast cancer awareness event, a fitting re enforcement to important messages. Oncologist Dr. Kathryn Lewis said, " We have a big problem in this country with access to care with uninsured and under insured."
A bus panel reads , ' Your voice can fight cancer '. The signatures show the emotions, but it also shows the importance of talking to our legislators. Weaver said, " This is so important to invest in the health care of America, especially now during this time of economic crisis. "