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But you are rightfully called a catalyst, I think, and it is in
this role that you are so terribly effective.
Well, I'll give you a long story, about the development of the Cancer, Heart and Stroke Commission. In our last session,
I must have said that the commission's report,
community centers or even state-wide centers were needed for care,
research and the improvement of existing the rapies in these three
groups of diseases which cause 71 percent of the deaths of our
people. Legislation was Introduced a year ago last winter, early
in '65, and the legislation establishing cancer, heart and stroke centers, under the direction of an institute director and a council,
was established by law, and signed by the President. The signing
took place early in October last year. He invited people from
all over who were interested. There may have been 250 people there.
Many people who had been opposed to the Idea of a commission were
happily there, taking pens and shaking hands with the President
In the East Room.
They had been opposed, but now --
They had been opposed, but then when it was
accomplished, they were all joining up. This is naturally good.
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