by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Legislation that will directly go to saving lives was signed into law this afternoon, realizing that time is of the essence for cancer patients like Ryan Reyes, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Bill 170 was signed by Governor Eddie Calvo this afternoon, creating the Guam Cancer Assistance and Treatment Fund and immediately making $2 million available for cancer patients like Ryan for treatment that is not currently covered by Medicaid and MIP.
A public hearing was held last Thursday and senators passed the legislation during session last week as the bill was fast tracked as many cancer patients don't have the luxury of time.
Ryan's patient advocate, Terry Cuabo, said, "Today is a good day because we're giving people a chance to live. Give them a fighting chance that's all we're asking for and I appreciate Governor Calvo and Senator [Dennis] Rodriguez taking the time to push this through. It's humbling not only for myself but for all the cancer patients out there."