Heather Burcham

 

 

Age: 31

 

Summary: Texas cervical cancer patient whose battle with cervical cancer led her to urge legislators to try to keep girls from sharing in her faith when Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order in February that would have required the newly approve human papillomavirus vaccine for girls entering the sixth grade to help protect them from cervical cancer, but members of the state Legislature were outraged complaining that Perry circumvented the legislative process that the vaccine was too new and that making it mandatory could encourage young people to be sexually active, in which the human papillomavirus that causes cervical cancer is transmitted through sexual contact.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from cervical cancer

 

Born: November 26, 1975

 

Died: July 21, 2007

 

Location: Houston, Texas