“Hope in the Heartland” to Premiere in Rapid City

New Film Demonstrates the Barriers to Health Care for South Dakotans

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The film, “Hope in the Heartland: Closing the Health Care Gap,” is set to have its Rapid City premiere on August 16th, 2022. Additional screenings will also take place in Aberdeen and Sioux Falls. The short film, produced by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and South Dakota film director Wes Eisenhauer, showcases three stories from hardworking South Dakotans who have experienced tremendous barriers to care for themselves and their families.  

“Unfortunately, barriers to care are all too common to over 42,000 of our friends and neighbors across the state that currently have no affordable options for health care, including cancer screenings and treatment,” said David W. Benson, senior campaign manager for the state and local Medicaid campaigns team at ACS CAN. “Medicaid expansion would be a game-changer for these South Dakotans.” 

WHO: ACS CAN, cancer patients, survivors and their families 

WHAT: “Hope in the Heartland: Closing the Health Care Gap” 

WHEN: August 16: 5:00 – 6:30 pm MT (social hour at 5:00-5:45, film begins at 6:00) 

WHERE: Journey Museum and Learning Center 222 New York St, Rapid City, SD 57701 

WHY: South Dakotans are struggling to afford health care and Medicaid expansion would make our communities healthier.  

Reserve your free seats here: fightcancer.org/sdfilm    

About ACS CAN at 20 
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that saves lives. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and made workplaces, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free. As we mark our 20th anniversary, we’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers and save more lives from cancer. Join the fight by visiting www.fightcancer.org.


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