Fight Back Express visits Glenwood Springs |

Fight Back Express visits Glenwood Springs

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Diane Manown knows about battling cancer.

That’s why she’s encouraging people to visit the Fight Back Express bus that will be in Sayre Park Wednesday from 9-10 a.m. The bus, sponsored by the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, has been touring the U.S. to make cancer issues a national priority. The campaign is aimed at highlighting the role elected officials play in supporting laws and policies that help people fight cancer.

People who visit the bus will be able to record their story for members of Congress and can sign a petition to support access to quality health care for all Americans. The bus started out in Ohio in May and will be on tour until this fall’s election on Nov. 4. People have also been signing the bus to make a visible statement.

The Cancer Action Network says years of federal government budget freezes and cuts are impeding progress in cancer research.

“What they’re trying to accomplish is make cancer research funding a priority again,” Manown said.

The issue is especially important to Manown given her own experience with cancer and health insurance. She had cancer in her knee and had to switch insurance twice. The insurance companies hit her with a pre-existing condition. Manown said they wouldn’t pay anything for treatment for her knee even though she had to pay an increased premium because of their decision to call the cancer a pre-existing condition. She says the cancer action network calls it “cherry-picking.”

Manown, a self-employed Danish-English translator, said she was told the knee could be covered again next June, 10 years after the pre-existing condition.

“I had cancer on my knee, so the rest of me is covered until next June,” she said. “My knee isn’t covered. It comes out of my pocket and I can’t even apply it toward my deductible. … Cancer costs so much right now. Medical bills are so high. How can you plan enough? How can they turn this into a pre-existing condition that doesn’t get help for 10 years?”

Her own battles have motivated her to help promote the causes of the cancer action network to help others. She’d like to see better access to health care.

“I just can’t see letting people wait and letting things get worse,” she said. “I think that everybody ” the whole person ” should be covered. I’m trying to fight the cherry-picking.”

The bus will also be at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction from 6-7:15 p.m. tonight.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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