Get Mary-Anne Rios on the Show
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Get Mary-Anne Rios on the Show

    1. Danielle Aragon
    2. Petition by

      Danielle Aragon

      Carson, CA

My high school counselor, Mary-Anne Rios, one of the most influential and beloved women in my hometown of Lompoc, California, was diagnosed with lung cancer in August of 2010. She's never smoked a day in her life, and she recalls doctors refusing to do the proper scans because of that, which delayed her diagnosis. Her cancer has since metastasized in her brain and spine, and she's currently crossing items off her bucket list.
Aside from that, she's doing something remarkable. She's raising awareness about the side of lung cancer no one talks about--the side of the non-smokers. One of the items on her bucket list you can help me with, Ellen. It's one of her dreams to be on your show and spread this awareness. Lung cancer is the only cancer where victims are blamed, and it's the #1 killing cancer, but not everyone who has it has it for the reasons we assume. EVERYONE deserves the chance to live, and this only happens when awareness is raised.
Please, help me cross this item off her bucket list. Help me give something back to the woman who has changed our entire community.

You can read more about Mrs. Rios here
http://m.lompocrecord.com/news/local/it-can-happen-to-anyone-says-lompoc-resident/article_3d8aece2-8136-11e1-b26d-001a4bcf887a.html
and here
http://m.lompocrecord.com/news/local/event-raises-awareness-about-disease/article_c3eb286a-06a7-11e1-bfd6-001cc4c03286.html

along with an article about this campaign here
http://www.lompocrecord.com/news/local/bringing-message-to-a-larger-stage/article_34a8063a-91be-11e1-92ac-0019bb2963f4.html 

and watch her segment on KSBY's Healthy Living here
http://www.ksby.com/videos/lung-cancer-patient-makes-a-plea-to-ellen-degeneres-18844/ 

Don't forget to "Like" the facebook page too!
http://www.facebook.com/GetMaryAnneRiosOnTheEllenShow

To:
Ellen DeGeneres
We're hoping to spread awareness while simultaneously crossing a very important item off Mrs. Rios's bucket list, so thank you very much for considering it, even if it doesn't happen.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      Make the change you want to see!

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    • PATRICIA ROCHA SANTA MARIA, CA
      • 10 months ago

      INFORMATION NEEDS TO GET OUT... MY DAD PASSED FROM LUNG CANCER

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    • Carol Neale LOMPOC, CA
      • 10 months ago

      Because Mary-Anne Rios has touched and changed so many lives in Lompoc!

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    • Londi Caldera SANTA MARIA, CA
      • 10 months ago

      Maryann is a dear friend who is battling lung cancer although, she was NEVER a smoker! She would like to educate others on the other ways to contract this horrible disease

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    • Diana Tilley SANTA MARIA, CA
      • 10 months ago

      It frightens me to think of the possibility that lung cancer may be viewed as unimportant due to the negative stigma it carries. I think it would be wonderful for Mrs. Rios to bring awareness to the fact people who do not engage in dangerous activities that compromise their lungs still can develop lung cancer. I believe we live in a world full of airborne toxins, whether environmental or self-induced, that doctors should be more vigilant in their attention to lung health. I imagine there can be a genetic predisposition to such cancer as well. Seeking lung cancer diagnosis regardless of lifestyle really should not be ignored as it was in Mrs. Rios's case. As a witness to my grandfather, father and step father dying of lung cancer/diseases, all of whom smoked, have every right to proper care as well. What would someone say about my father who did smoke, but worked in a job with high exposure to chemical toxins? I do not know a single perfect person who has made all the right and healthy choices in life all the time. Some people's poor choices are just more obvious and easy to make justifications for not addressing. I know my father and step father truly regretted their choice to smoke and would have done anything to change that.

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