Like so many people these days, Sen. Ted Alexander (R-Cleveland), has been touched by cancer.
“I, like everybody else, has had either friends or family affected by it,” he said. “It’s certainly an issue that hits home. I have an affinity for folks who are in that position.”
Alexander was recently appointed by Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) to serve on the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control.
The mission of the Advisory Committee, according to a press release issued by Sen. Alexander’s office, is to facilitate the reduction of cancer incidence and mortality for all North Carolinians, enhance statewide access to quality treatment and support services and maximize quality of life for all North Carolina cancer survivors, patients and their loved ones through educating and advising government officials, policy makers, public and private organizations and the public.
“I was also co-sponsor of the establishment of a cancer committee (Senate Bill 297) for the house as well,”he said. “This is a research panel charged with identifying significant cancer clusters and incidents in North Carolina. It would make a lot of sense to me that the findings and studies of that panel will feed nicely into this advisory committee on cancer coordination. There will be a collaboratory with several different heavy hitters in a wide range of disciplines that will be put into that collaboratory to study significant cancer clusters in North Carolina. I would see the role of these as being very complementary to help recommendations to the other.”
The Cancer Research Advisory Panel bill was authored by Sen. Vickie Sawyer (R-Iredell) with the primary sponsors being Alexander and Sen. Jim Perry (R – Wayne County). It was signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper on July 19. There will be panelists with experts in higher education, healthcare and insurance, both within and outside of North Carolina on the research advisory panel, according to Alexander.
“We all hope and pray for a cure for cancer,” Alexander said. “I think we’re always optimistic that there’s something discovered that finally drives a stake through its heart. All diseases are bad, but cancer is such an insidious one and affects so many people.”