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Chicago Reception Launches Lung Force Movement

(May 29, 2014)

City of Chicago representatives, as well as members from the medical and corporate community joined the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago on May 14 at the Swissotel for the inaugural Chicago Lung Force Kick-off Reception. 

Lung Force is a new national health education movement with a singular mission to unite women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health.

The dozens of attendees heard an inspiring story from Susan Warmerdam, a lung cancer survivor and Lung Force Hero (lung cancer patients and survivors). The Chicago Lung Force Kickoff Reception was one of several local Lung Force Kickoff Receptions that took place in various towns and cities across the country.

As part of Lung Force, the Lung Association celebrated the first annual National Women’s Lung Health Week. The Willis Tower, Wrigley Building, Soldier Field and other landmark buildings illuminated their structures and Chicago’s skyline turquoise (the Lung Force official color) in celebration of Lung Force and National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 11-17). 

In addition, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a proclamation in honor of Women’s Lung Health Week and the Chicago City Council recently passed a resolution (led by Aldermen Joe Moreno and JoAnn Thompson) in honor of the special week, as well. 

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women with one of the lowest five-year survival rates of all cancer types, at approximately 16 percent. The rate of new lung cancer cases in women has doubled over the last 35 years. Despite the startling statistics, most women do not consider lung cancer to be a serious health threat and are not aware of the alarming facts.

(Left to right) Chicago's Lung Force Heroes: Terry Gillespie, Susan Warmerdam, Meghan O'Brien and Peri Hughes

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