Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 17, 2012
At 2:00pm on Monday, April 16th, 2012, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 732 into law. The law, which passed the Georgia Legislature on March 26th, creates a Lung Cancer Awareness specialty license plate, among others. The plates will be available to Georgia drivers this summer at their local tag office or online from the Georgia DMV. In the meantime, drivers can pre-order their plates online at http://www.LungCancerLicensePlate.org. This is the first specialty plate of its kind in the United States.
"My mother, Joan Gaeta, died of lung cancer after a three-and-a-half year battle," says Tina Pink, a VP of Fundraising for the Gaeta organization. "She was most passionate about raising awareness and fighting the stigma of the disease. This new plate is a huge step in that direction. I know she would be very proud of this!"
Mrs. Pink's sister, Theresa Andretta, VP of Operations, concurs. "Lung cancer kills more people than the next five cancers combined! Yet, it receives the least amount of funding per death. We have no choice but to raise awareness and fight the stigma. That's what our mother would have wanted. This is a great day!"
The process to create specialty license plates in Georgia typically takes nearly two years, as the state requires either 1,000 plates to be presold or an up-front payment to be made of the fees for 1,000 plates. Through The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund's tireless fundraising efforts and the generosity of their supporters, the Gaeta fund was able to make the up-front payment required to the get the bill before the legislature.
Proceeds from the plate fees will go to The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund and help them in their effort to support ground-breaking research through the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute.
ABOUT THE JOAN GAETA LUNG CANCER FUND
The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund was created in the fall of 2007 as The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Foundation by her husband and children to raise awareness of the disease, to educate the public, and to be an advocate for research. They also strive to eliminate the stigma of lung cancer and to support survivors and their loved ones in their local community.
In July of 2010, they re-launched as The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund benefiting the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute. Their ultimate goal remains the same: “to eradicate lung cancer.” By partnering with one significant research initiative, they can make a much greater impact in wiping out lung cancer.
ABOUT THE ADDARIO LUNG CANCER MEDICAL INSTITUTE (ALCMI)
ALCMI was established in 2008 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with the ultimate goal of significantly impacting survival by directly catalyzing and accelerating discovery of new and more effective treatment options for all lung cancer patients. Presently, ALCMI has 13 academic and community medical centers in the United States and Europe closely collaborating on cutting edge research initiatives.
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