Julie Stokes was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, but after a nine-month battle is now cancer-free. She turned her cancer struggle into a legislative mission by passing bills requiring that insurance companies cover Mammography and follow-up diagnostic scans. She also worked with the Komen Foundation to eliminate step therapy or fail-first protocols often invoked by insurers in cases where a patient might not have time to “fail first” since they are faced with Stage Four metastatic cancer where every second count. Becoming an advocate for patients and survivors has become an important part of her calling to serve because she believes that we should never place a patient’s life in jeopardy because of bureaucracy. One of her most exciting new projects is the creation of the Cancer Advocacy Group of Louisiana to serve as a hub for the various groups around the state to have a meaningful impact on Louisiana’s public policy.