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Reverend Jesse Jackson Visits Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- It's not everyday the Ti-Cities gets to hear from one of the most influential leaders in the country. Reverend Jesse Jackson talked about a commitment to scientific endeavor.

He says the Tri-Cities is a step ahead.

"Phenomenal work done in the world, has been done here in the tri-cities area," said Reverend Jesse Jackson, with the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.

County Commissioner Claude Oliver introduced Jackson to the stage. He describes the Reverend as a people person.

"He understands the vision, he understands how to bring forces together, to make it happen and that's the ingredients he sees in the community," said Oliver.

Jackson says 500,000 people die of cancer and AIDS in the United States every year. Finding a cure should be a top priority.

"Cancer does not strike us by race or by party, it strikes everybody, if we don't kill cancer, cancer will kill us," said Jackson.

But it's people like Marlene Oliver that wont let this happen. Oliver is a patient advocate and acts as the voice for the people.

"Patients go to their physicians and they ask their physicians, doc what can you do to help me? Patients want to be cured of their disease as quickly and as easily as possible," said Marlene Oliver, President and CEO of the Curative Technologies Corporation.

And Jesse Jackson agrees.

"We're going to find a cure for cancer, we're going to find a cure for AIDS, because we want to, because we want to," said Jackson.