Rep. Malinowski to be Joined at State of the Union by Hing Foo Lee, Brother of Late Patient’s Advocate John Lee
(Somerville, NJ) Congressman Malinowski first learned of Mr. Lee’s inspiring story from a Washington Post article detailing his determination to vote in the 2018 midterm election despite his stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis. An active member of the Cancer Support Community Central NJ (CSCCNJ), headquartered in Bedminster NJ, Mr. Lee used his diagnosis as a call to action, becoming a fierce advocate for legislation protecting pre-existing conditions.
Immigrating to the United States from Malaysia in 1987, Mr. Lee became an American citizen at 31. Dedicating much of his adult life to the full time care of his children with special needs; his last year was also spent with CSCCNJ providing support to patients and families struggling with the emotional and financial burden of their disease.
He told the Washington Post in Dec. of 2018 that dying “...doesn’t scare me anymore. What scares me is a law that takes away our rights as American citizens or New Jersey residents and limits access to health care. I don’t want America to go into a Hunger Games [scenario] where you fight for your own survival.”
Mr. Lee passed away on Jan. 25, 2019 surrounded by family after his year long battle with colon cancer. His older brother Hing Foo Lee will represent him as Rep. Malinowski’s guest at the State of the Union and will be joined in Washington by his two remaining siblings, and Amy Sutton, CEO of Cancer Support Community Central Jersey. The group will spend the day of the State of the Union on the Hill sharing John Lee’s story, and meeting with law makers and patients advocates in the healthcare community.