P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, yesterday accepted the National Distinguished Advocacy Award, presented annually to one state lawmaker from all 50 states by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. The presentation came on the heels of accepting the American Cancer Society's highest state advocacy recognition, the True Grit Award, at the Northeast Relay for Life event in Keller.
"These awards are very meaningful to me -- not just as a policy maker but as one of the millions of Americans whose family has been impacted by this disease," said Senator Nelson, who will discuss Texas' efforts to fight cancer during a speech today to cancer advocates from around the country. "Cancer takes a devastating human and financial toll on our state, but we are fighting back with a major investment in cancer prevention and research in Texas."
Last session Senator Nelson sponsored Proposition 15, establishing the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and authorizing $3 billion over the next 10 years to fund cancer prevention and research. She also championed legislation extending breast and cervical cancer screenings to low-income women; discouraging tobacco use; educating Texans about HPV; creating community-based School Health Advisory Councils; and returning physical activity to the school day for Texas elementary and middle schools. She previously served on the Texas Cancer Council and as official spokesman for the Troy Aikman Anti-Spit Tobacco Campaign.
"For the last decade, Senator Nelson has demonstrated consistent leadership in legislation to reduce the burden of cancer," said Marsha Fountain, chair of the Texas Government Relations Committee for the American Cancer Society. "This national recognition emphasizes that she is not only an outstanding state senator but a lawmaker of national prominence."
"Senator Nelson has used her legislative clout for the highest purpose-as an advocate in the fight against cancer," said Daniel E. Smith, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. "We recognize how challenging it can be to pass meaningful state health legislation, and we feel Senator Nelson has vaulted over the obstacles and answered that challenge above all expectations."