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October 17, 2017

10/4/2017 3:38:00 PM
Erpestad joins ACSCAN delegation in Washington

Sharon Erpestad is not a lobbyist, but she's the next best thing to it, as far as the American Cancer Society is concerned.

Erpestad spent three days in Washington, D.C., last month speaking to legislators on behalf of the ACS. She was one of over 600 volunteers from across the country who act as lobbyists for the ACS during the ACS Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit & Lobby Day.

"Because the American Cancer Society is a nonprofit, they cannot lobby Congress for increases in funding and those types of things," Erpestad explains. "So, ACSCAN is a group of volunteers who are willing to go up and talk to legislators about cancer issues."

The ACSCAN Leadership Summit & Lobby Day is held each year in September.

Erpestad was joined by ACSCAN volunteers from every congressional district in each state. In fact, despite hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, there were ACS representatives attending the Summit & Lobby Day from each of those states and U.S. territory.

This is not her first time doing this volunteer work for the ACS in Washington. In fact, Erpestad has represented Minnesota's District 1 eight times since ACSCAN was formed in 2006. There was a representative from each of Minnesota's eight districts who attended this year's summit, as well as the ASC's governmental relations team from the Twin Cities.

For more on her work in Washington, D.C., see the story on the Faith & Family page in the Oct. 4 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.


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