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PRESS RELEASE FROM SEN. EDDIE LUCIO, JR.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2006
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez , Press Secretary
Phone: (512) 463-0127

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. receives Advocacy Award from the American Cancer Society

HARLINGEN, TX -- April 7, 2006 - The American Cancer Society presented a Texas Advocacy Award to State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. for his support of cancer-related legislation throughout the Texas Legislature's 79th regular session. The award was presented during the opening ceremonies of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event in Harlingen.

"Year after year, Senator Lucio has been a champion for legislation that will help Texas make progress in the fight against cancer," said American Cancer Society advocacy volunteer, June Toland.

Lucio earned the award because of his leadership in 2005 on legislation designed to address childhood obesity, as well as his support of increased funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Recent studies have determined that being overweight or obese significantly increases the risk of developing cancer. The link between obesity and cancer is particularly troubling to the health community because of the dramatic increase in obesity among children over the last ten years.

"In the Texas Senate, Eddie Lucio helped lead the charge to achieve better nutrition and increased physical activity among Texas school children," said Cam Scott, Director of Field Government Relations of the American Cancer Society. "Senator Lucio's efforts will help Texas children develop lifestyles that will lead to longer, healthier lives."

Lucio was a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 42, a bill designed to improve nutrition and increase physical activity for students in Texas public schools. This bill was passed during the 2005 regular session and signed into law by Governor Rick Perry.

Lucio also supported increased funding for CHIP, which will help expand preventive care for children and allow treatment for more children who are diagnosed with cancer.

"In presenting this award, we acknowledge that the fight against cancer goes on even in the halls of government," stated June Toland. "Thankfully, Senator Lucio has shown that he is willing to use his position in Austin to help us carry on the fight."

The American Cancer Society presents its Texas Advocacy Awards once every two years, after each regular session of the Texas Legislature. The award is given to legislators who provide significant support for legislation that has been determined to help achieve the goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

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. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

 

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