Petition to Dianne Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris, Gavin Newsom, Boeing, Senator Henry Stern, Meredith Williams, Mohsen Nazemi, Julia Brownley, Jared Blumenfeld
No more kids with cancer: clean up the Santa Susana Field Lab
When my daughter Grace Ellen was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, at age four, I thought that our family had the worst, most devastating luck. But after spending months in the hospital with her, we learned that she was one of over 50 children who may have been poisoned by one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in America. Sign to demand that governor Gavin Newsom push the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to completely clean the Santa Susana Field Lab and prevent any more children from getting cancer. Grace Ellen’s form of cancer was incredibly aggressive. At age four she was put on several clinical trials, had ten times the normal amount of chemotherapy, and spent two years fighting her cancer. A year and a half later her cancer came back and she underwent a bone marrow transplant. She was unable to walk or eat or drink, and had to fight for her life in the hospital isolation floor. Her childhood was stolen from her, and it haunts me to know her cancer might have been avoidable. She, like the other 50 children, grew up within 20 miles the Santa Susana Field Lab, land which was developed in the 1940s to conduct nuclear research. In 1959 an uncontained partial meltdown of a sodium reactor caused such a devastating radiation leak that many consider it to be the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history – and it was completely covered up for years. Our community has up to 60% higher cancer rates, 20% higher invasive breast cancer rates, we have the reports to prove it. It is the Department of Toxic Substance Control’s job to clean up this mess. They know our children are sick and dying, but they aren’t taking any meaningful action against those who own the land – Boeing, NASA and the DOE. The Woolsey Fire, which began on Santa Susana Field Lab, may have exposed millions of people in Southern California to the chemical and radioactive waste from the site, via ash and smoke. It proved once again that we will not be safe until the site is 100% cleaned up. I will protect my children even if I have to tear down mountains with my bare hands – and I am one of many parents fighting for our kids. To win this, we need our governor to push the corrupt Department of Toxic Substances to clean up this disaster once and for all. Will you join us?
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Get Rick Rescorla the Presidential Medal of Freedom
We need more signatures to tell President Trump to "Free the Medal" for Rick Rescorla! Please Sign, Share and Donate Now! "Free the Medal" is a call to action, to ask President Donald J. Trump to award Cyril R (Rick) Rescorla the well deserved and long overdue Presidential Medal of Freedom. It has been nearly 18 years since the horrific terror attack on the World Trade Center September 11, 2001. It was a day that is burned in our minds forever. We remember where we were, what we saw, and how we felt. His heroic actions in saving over 2700 lives, before losing his own, prevented us from losing what would have been a total of over 6000 lives that dreadful day. Rick Rescorla, pictured above while famously singing into his bullhorn, was the Vice President of Security for Morgan Stanley and conducted evacuation drills since the early 1990's, in preparation for such a disaster. His drills trained the Morgan Stanley employees, who inhabited 22 floors of the World Trade Center, to safely and calmly make their way down 44 flights of stairs to safety outside the building. He also trained them to help those who couldn't make the trip down by themselves, often helping carry disabled coworkers down flight after flight as Rick sang patriotic songs to distract and encourage them along the exhaustive dissent. Many employees testified that he sang to them during the actual attack as all but 6 made it out safely into the smoke billowed streets amid a frantic shower of paper and debris, tripping over bodies of those who jumped out windows from the floors above them. Please join us in reaching the President by signing this petition and honoring a real American hero now, while his grieving widow is still alive to receive it.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, Donald Trump
Turn the White House ‘Gold’ for kids with cancer
Did you know that every 2 minutes, a child somewhere in the world is diagnosed with Pediatric cancer? A normal childhood comes to a halt for these kids. And each day in the U.S., 7 families have to bury their brave, beloved children who’ve lost the fight. I was one of those people, losing my beautiful, brave son Mathias to cancer. Childhood Cancer Awareness month is coming this September. I’m asking the President of the United States to light the White House Gold, for one night, to show support for the kids fighting the battle of their lives. It will help us remember the children who’ve lost their battles with cancer -- children like my son Mathias. Will you help me? The White House has been lighted up to recognize cancer and significant milestones in the past. Seeing the people’s house lit up is a moving experience, one shared across social media and on the news. More importantly, it shows kids fighting cancer they are not alone and their country supports. Please sign and share this petition telling our President to turn the White House gold for all the children battling cancer across our nation today. #TeamMathias #MathiasStrong https://m.facebook.com/groups/322030827926363
Petition to Mr. Alex Gorsky CEO of Johnson and Johnson
Johnson and Johnson: Lower the price for life-saving cancer drug IMBRUVICA
My name is Beth. My mom is fighting a rare cancer that requires her to take a drug called Imbruvica. The drug is highly effective – and extremely expensive. A year’s treatment can cost over $148,000. That’s why I started this petition to demand that Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) stop price-gouging patients who rely on Imbruvica to live. Upon gaining FDA approval, JNJ raised the price for Imbruvica to over $90 per pill. In the years since, they’ve reported that sales of Imbruvica have soared. Yearly sales of the drug are projected to reach $7.5 billion by 2022. Those are great numbers for Wall Street investors – not so great for patients struggling to pay for the drug to fight their blood cancers. Critics say the price hikes are happening because companies like Johnson and Johnson hope to rake in the profits before Congress or some regulatory body takes action to stop them. Until then, patients across the U.S. will continue to be taken advantage of by corporations that appear to care nothing for people and only for profit. We need to stand up and speak out for patients whose lives are at stake. Please sign and share this petition calling on Johnson and Johnson to immediately lower the price of Imbruvica to match the lowest global market price. It is unconscionable to allow them to continue doing otherwise.
Petition to FDA, Allergan
FDA: Warn women about cancer risk from breast implants
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has known since 2011 that textured breast implants can cause a potentially fatal man-made lymphoma: Breast Implant Associated ALCL (BIA-ALCL). Thousands of mastectomy patients, like myself, had Allergan textured implants placed inside them with no warning about BIA-ALCL. Tell the FDA to put a black box warning on textured implants and require mandatory patient-doctor checklist about BIA-ALCL & implant health risks so breast cancer and augmentation patients can make informed decisions about their bodies.
Petition to Environmental Protection Agency
Ban Asbestos in the US Now, Without Loopholes or Exemptions
My daughter was just 10 years-old when my husband, Alan, was diagnosed with a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, a deadly material which is still being used in the U.S. today. Families like mine have fought for decades to get the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the use of asbestos, but instead the administration allows imports and use to continue. Alan’s disease was incurable – but it was also entirely preventable. Asbestos kills an estimated 39,000 people in the US every year, yet the EPA has not banned companies from continuing to use it. They are knowingly poisoning Americans. In 2004, Doug Larkin and I co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization to fight for families battling mesothelioma. We vowed that we would fight with all of our strength to prevent other families from going through the pain, devastation, and loss that we experienced. Emily and I were there with Alan when he took his last breaths. I lost my soulmate and my daughter lost her father because our government refused to stand up to greedy corporations. The EPA has now spent decades of time and taxpayer dollars on asbestos research. They know it is deadly, yet hundreds of tons of raw asbestos are allowed every year to be used in our country. It’s long past time that the EPA banned this deadly material once and for all. Enough is enough.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
300,000 women die of cervical cancer every year. Congress can help stop it
The petition below comes from Ana Reyes, a cervical cancer survivor and volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 cervical cancer in December of 2015, when I was 36 years old. At the time I was a single mother to two young children, ages 6 and 8. To combat my diagnosis, I had multiple surgeries, 6 rounds of chemo, 28 rounds of external radiation and 3 rounds of internal radiation. I had a radical hysterectomy and the option of having more children taken away from me. I had to take a leave of absence from my job for a full year and move back in with my parents. I live with daily side effects, both physical and mental from my cervical cancer treatments. But I still consider myself lucky. There is the obvious reason to consider myself lucky … I continue to be alive. But there are other reasons as well. I am lucky because my cancer was caught at Stage 2, still relatively early. Often, cervical cancer is caught and treated even earlier than Stage 2. This is due to cancer screenings that are widely available in the U.S. and even covered by health insurance. This isn’t true everywhere in the world. In many parts of the world, cervical cancer often isn’t diagnosed until it’s too late. This doesn’t sit right with me. We have the tools to make my generation the last to ever have to battle cervical cancer. Yet more women are dying from this disease every year. Last year, 312,000 women died from cervical cancer worldwide. Without action, that will increase by 2040 to a staggering 459,000 women projected to die from a disease that is actually preventable. And this shouldn’t sit right with you, either, especially if you have a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife or a girlfriend. That’s why I’m asking for your signature today to urge your U.S. Senators to support dedicated funding in this year’s global health budget to help eliminate deaths from cervical cancer worldwide. Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But regular screenings and early treatment have changed that. Today, approximately 90% of cervical cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries because the women in these countries don’t have access to these services. This is completely unacceptable. It is our responsibility to take what we know about prevention, screening and treatment to help save the lives of women in other countries. I am lucky because my children will likely never have to face this disease. They have both received the HPV vaccination, which prevents cervical cancer as well as six other types of cancer. This vaccine was easy for me to get for my children and was fully covered by my insurance. All children everywhere in the world should have this same opportunity. Even though the World Health Organization cites the HPV vaccine as one of the most cost-effective cancer prevention methods out there, most girls living in low- or middle-income countries don’t have access to the vaccine. I got cervical cancer. But I am lucky that I got cervical cancer in the U.S. and that I had health insurance to cover the costs. I am lucky that because of where I live my cervical cancer was found at an early stage. I am lucky that my children have access to the HPV vaccine so that they will never have to fight the cancer I did. With vaccination, screening and treatment, virtually ALL death from cervical cancer worldwide can be eliminated. Cervical cancer shouldn’t be a death sentence in any country. Please stand with me in urging members of the U.S. Senate to support dedicated funding in this year’s global health budget, and take a bold step toward eliminating cervical cancer once and for all.
Petition to Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield N.J.
Insurance refuses to pay for Life Saving Operation for Ovarian Cancer
I am seeking any way I can to get the word out about insurance companies giving death sentences to women diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. I have Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield N.J. health insurance. Three and a half years ago (October of 2014) I received a diagnosis of Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. Ovarian cancer, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, is usually diagnosed after menopause. However, some have been diagnosed as early as their 40’s or 50’s. This is not what you would label an “old person’s disease”. I began treatment with IV chemo, surgery (complete hysterectomy) followed by more IV chemo. By June of 2015 I was in remission. I was in remission for two years. Two weeks before Christmas in 2017 I was told the cancer was growing. It had now spread to the liver, spleen and diaphragm. My doctors at Cancer Treatment Center of America, Chicago told me my best (and only option quite honestly) is a procedure called HIPEC Surgery. Without this procedure, the cancer will continue to spread. Our insurance pre-certification was submitted and surgery was scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, 2018. On Friday, March 16, after a day of pre-op testing, BCBSNJ notified the hospital the claim was being denied. This was an hour before everything shut down for the weekend. The reason? BCBSNJ is calling it experimental. This procedure was approved by the FDA in 1999. Two appeals have been filed and denied. As an alternative, my doctor wanted to perform surgery to remove the tumors (called debulking). Now we are being told this will not be approved because it was part of the original request for pre-certification. The part of this procedure they are labeling as experimental is a heated chemo placed in the abdominal cavity for two hours. How can they say no to a life-saving operation that has been performed for 20 years?! I have spoken to others who have had the same diagnosis, received the procedure and are living healthy lives today. So yes, there are insurance companies that do approve this. My husband and I are middle class people. He has worked for the same company for 38 years and always thought his insurance would be there when he needed it for either of us. We are currently trying to figure out a way to finance this procedure out of our pockets. BCBSNJ needs to update their coverage! Please sign my petition and share it. Ovarian Cancer is a devastating disease, but there are procedures that can eradicate it. Insurance companies should be in business to help save lives – not condemn women to a death sentence because of outdated policies! PLEASE SHARE ....... GET THE WORD OUT AGAINST THESE INSURANCE COMPANY'S.... Thank you! My friend Joyce started a Fundraiser to help pay for the HIPEC part of the surgery that the insurance wont cover ($35,000). Here is the link. Any thing will help and thank you for sharing this and if you helped with the Fundraiser. https://www.gofundme.com/lifesaving-surgery-for-janine-may Dec 28, 2018 — 4:40 p.m. Thursday I am amazed that this petiton has had over 20,000 people sign it. This issue is something that stirs many people for one reason or another. But the situation remains the same.. My good friend Janine is still taking chemo, still fighting for her life and is paying for this surgery and many other medical cost out of her pocket.. I started a GoFundMe campaign for her and to this date there has only been $3, 763 raised.. While I am very grateful for those who have given (and those who continue to pray for her), that amount falls far short of what is needed. If everyone signed this petition gave just $5, it would cover more than what has already been spent and keep helping with the ongoing medical expenses.. Please visit the GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/lifesaving-surgery-for-janine-may Thanks, Joyce Couts