Arriving in Atlanta

Today Dawn’s traveling companions arrived in Atlanta to join her on her trip to Philadelphia to face CIGNA. On board, will be myself (Duncan) and Andrew, who will be organizing our traveling basics, Lance who will be filming the trip, and Ryan who will assist Dawn with her medical needs. We came together knowing that we’re at a crucial moment for Dawn and for America. Dawn’s decision to make the journey to CIGNA to demand that she get the health care she deserves shows exactly the kind of resolve and bravery we need to make sure we care for the under- and uninsured of America.

Our trip will be guided by the generosity and kindness of the people who have reached out to help Dawn. Already we’re planning special stops across North Carolina and Virginia to connect with people who want to meet her and wish her well on the hard journey against CIGNA.

Tomorrow we’ll be setting off from Atlanta and traveling to Asheville, North Carolina, where MoveOn members and others have already prepared a warm welcome., opening their homes and offering to share their health care stories with us to aide Dawn’s fight. From there we travel East towards Charlotte and Raleigh, then into Virginia and up to DC. From there we’ll head into Philadelphia to make CIGNA own up to its broken promises and provide the health care Dawn deserves.

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  1. Gabrielle F
    October 8, 2009 at 12:12 am #


    My prayers are with you on your physical and emotional journey. You are so brave. I was booted from my COBRA plan when I paid the bill 22 days late due to a misunderstanding in the billing cycle. I didn’t receive a phone call or anything. My appeal letter was denied. I am ashamed that I gave up so easily. I admire your spunk and drive. Have a safe and successful trip! I’m rooting for you as well as millions of other Americans getting shortchanged.

  2. Hayat
    October 8, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    Dear Dawn,
    I pray for you and hope that your braveness leads to something positive, more that what you were expecting. healthcare in this country is scarey and inadequate and for those like you who really need it, it’s a shame that you can’t get what you’ve been paying for!

  3. Bonnie Lynch
    October 8, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    Dawn, you’re a brave woman and I wish you every success. Although your condition is something none of us would want to face, it is bringing the tragedy of our current healthcare system into the light, and you deserve a lot of credit for that. I hope you are proud of what you are doing for yourself and for all of us who are or could be in the same position. All the very best to you!

  4. Sandi Morrow
    October 8, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    As a nurse and cancer survivor my heart goes out to you. It is criminal what insurance companies get away with. What I wouldn’t give to have an insurance CEO as my patient so I can look them in the eye and tell them hell no – they can not have the care they need because they’ve denied it to their own insured. I wish you all the health and happiness you have earned.

  5. Jessi Woodward
    October 8, 2009 at 3:46 pm #


    You’re fighting a battle for yourself and for all of us and I thank you deeply for your moxy and courage. My thoughts are with you and i believe you can affect change by bringing your battle, a battle so many have quietly and desperately fought, to light. i’m a stroke survivor at 31 (birth control) and, though i had insurance and they payed for most of my hospital stay, i am discovering that there is also no safety net for those who are temporarily unable to work. i qualify for no benefits for a multitude of reasons ranging from the fact that neither my state nor my insurance plan offer short term disability, to the fact that social security is not intended for short-term illness, to the fact that i quit my job because the fmla was ending, i couldn’t work, i was not being paid and my work wouldn’t fire me. i was told by a social worker, “good luck because you’re not going to qualify for any of this” as she handed me the medicaid, social security and unemployment paperwork. she was right. i qualify for food stamps, thankfully. this is a battle i’ve been involved in for a long time ideologically and politically and, ironically, i’ve now been affected by a broken system that tells ill people, “figure it out. it’s not our problem”. if i could get a refund on the health insurance premiums i’ve paid, then perhaps i wouldn’t be concerned about losing my home or keeping the heat on. i am there with you in spirit & i believe you can make this happen for yourself and teach others a lesson of dire importance in the process.

    health & strength to you!

  6. Mary Mooney
    October 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    I wish you godspeed on your journey. You have a lot of maxy and guts. You go get ’em. I have passed your story along to all my friends and relatives in an attempt to make your story known. I would love to see you bring this company to it’s knees. Their greediness and addiction to profit over health care for us all is at the bottom of the entire mess for you and for all of us living in America.

  7. Yariv
    October 8, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    I have been following your story from here (NYC), and there is no doubt, you are brave, if we had 10,000 Dawns we would have had a universal healthcare years ago. I was born and raised up under universal health care and been living in the USA for the past 8 years, and trust me, single payer system was far far better, faster safer and free, here it’s all about bureaucracy and greed, but you know that better then I do.
    Anyway, are you and your companions are planning to camp in front of Cigna? I would join this kind of protest, and I suppose more people would be willing to do so too.
    Take care,
    Yariv Aucoin
    New York

  8. Keona
    October 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    You are so courageous. My thoughts, prayers and dreams for a better tomorrow where everyone has healthcare are with you. You make me proud to be an American and proud to give my time and effort to help pass health care reform. Yes We Can and it’s because of you we will get healthcare reform for everyone. You go girl!

  9. Francesca
    October 8, 2009 at 7:23 pm #

    Thanks for being so brave! You’re awesome! Keep up the fight 🙂

  10. Janet Wilcox
    October 8, 2009 at 9:30 pm #


    My heart beats with yours.
    Your fight is my fight.
    Please let me know what I can do to help you.

    I’m an unemployed 51-year-old divorced, childless, 1980 UCSB college grad unable to afford health insurance, and scared to death to go to the doctor for fear of being diagnosed with what would become a pre-existing condition. I’ve been advised by Blue Cross already that they could cover me for $500/month…excluding my peritoneal cavity, where pre-existing conditions mandate I am too risky.

    Right now I am, as far as I know, healthy.
    And ready, willing, and able to assist you in a fight you should NOT have to engage.

    Please see below the letter you inspired me to write and send (I’ve never done this!):

    Dear Mr. Hanway,

    Please consider your life and take a moment to calculate how much it is worth; to you, to your family, and to your friends.

    Is your life worth merely the equivalent of your Net company profits?

    I hope not.

    Every life has meaning, and you are in a position to be beholden not just to your shareholders, but also to the notion of saving the lives of those your company insures, like Dawn.

    Please sir, noone deserves to die or be bankrupted in an effort to save her own life.

    Life is not just a profit/loss endeavor.
    Nor should health insurance need to be.

    I urge you to look into Dawn’s situation and make good on that to which she responsibly committed; and save her precious life for her, her family, and her friends.

    Janet Wilcox
    LA, CA 90042

  11. Kim Walker
    October 8, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    God Speed you on your journey and my thoughts and prayers go with you! Go Girl ,go,stand up and be counted! You are the inspiration for SO many others!
    Sincerely Yours,

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