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doing something.

Q:

But you are rightfully called a catalyst, I think, and it is in this role that you are so terribly effective.

Mrs. Lasker:

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.

Q:

They had been opposed, but now --

Mrs. Lasker:

They had been opposed, but then when it was accomplished, they were all joining up. This is naturally good.



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