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Cancer Center Suggests New Law to Help Local Cancer Patients

August 27, 2013

DEKALB, Ill. – A new bill, suggested by staff at The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital to Representative Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley) was signed into law by Governor Quinn last week which will make parking more convenient for cancer patients.

“Many patients at The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Hospital need a parking placard for a handicap parking spot due to their extreme fatigue and inability to walk long distances. However, the categories for disability on the current form do not allow most of our oncology patients to qualify,” said Cancer Center Phone Triage Nurse Ruth Wood, RN. “Craig Pressley, former Oncology social worker at the Cancer Center, initiated a call earlier this year to the local office of Illinois Representative Bob Pritchard who researched the law. Cancer Center staff and Pritchard’s office discussed wording to enable oncology patients to qualify for a parking placard.”

Governor Quinn signed House Bill 1809, a bill sponsored by Pritchard which adds “oncological” to the list of conditions that qualify patients for a temporary disabled parking placard. “This is a good example of how my legislative office can help people,” said Pritchard. “Constituents are in the best position to see how laws can be improved which is why I like to listen to their suggestions and concerns.” When the new law takes effect on January 1, 2014, patients with cancer-related conditions will qualify for the placards. 

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