A group of Pennsylvanians plan to march to Washington D.C.
over the next week in honor of Melanie Shouse
, a St. Louis activist who lost her battle to breast cancer last month.
Shouse, a longtime advocate for health care reform, was mentioned in a speech President Barack Obama delivered to Democrats
earlier this month when he urged them not to give up on their effort reign in the insurance industry.
"How can I
say to her, 'You know what? We're giving up'?" said Obama. "How can I say to her
family, 'This is too hard'? How can Democrats on the Hill say, 'This
is politically too risky'?"
The 100-plus mile march begins tomorrow. Follow the marchers' progress and learn more about their goals at melaniesmarch.com
P.S. Almost forgot. Tomorrow there is also a rally in St. Louis in
memory of Shouse. The event takes place downtown in front of the St.
Louis office of Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield (the insurance company
that denied her coverage for medical treatment for her breast cancer).
The rally takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. at 18th and Chestnut streets.
More info here