Behind the Scenes at the State of the Union

Published on January 25, 2012

Updated on February 13, 2018

There has been a great deal written and said before, during and after last night’s State of the Union address. While wading through news, blogs, tweets and Facebook posts, this tweet from Congresswoman Lois Capps caught my eye and brought a smile to my face.



Freda Manzullo, Rep. Lois Capps, and Steve Andrews with daughter, broadcaster Erin Andrews at the 2011 Congressional Families Cancer Prevention awards luncheon

This seating arrangement at the State of the Union (SOTU) – Rep. Capps (Democrat- California) sitting next to Rep. Don Manzullo, (Republican- Illinois) — was sparked by a Congressional Families Cancer Prevention awards lunch last September. Both the Manzullo and Capps families have been touched by cancer and both are passionate about doing all they can to prevent other families from experiencing this pain.  We honored Representative Capps for her work as a cancer advocate in Congress.  At that time we also recognized Mrs. Don (Freda) Manzullo, a courageous cancer survivor who has used her experience and talents to raise awareness and funds.

In the midst of all the partisan talk this political season, it is comforting to know that there is common ground to be found.  The fight against cancer must be bipartisan. We need to unify against this common enemy. Thank you to Representatives Capps and Manzullo.

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