Manhattan Woman to Participate in Annual LUNG FORCE Walk
Carole Baker, a Lung Cancer Patient to Help Lung Association Raise Awareness about the Disease
(February 24, 2016) -
Carole Baker, of Manhattan, thought she was doing everything right by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly and keeping up with doctor’s visits. Yet a trip to the doctor to address back pain gave her news she never expected; Baker was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Now, Baker is fighting back against the disease and participating in the annual LUNG FORCE Walk in New York City to help raise awareness about lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women, killing almost twice as many women as any other cancer. Yet according to the Lung Association’s second annual Women’s Lung Health Barometer, this disease is not even on women’s radar. In order to increase awareness, the Lung Association is holding its second annual LUNG FORCE Walk on Saturday, May 14 at South Street Seaport, Pier 16.
“When I first got the news, I thought they had mixed up my results with someone else,” said Baker. Carole received multiple forms of treatment for her cancer and now is working towards making sure it stays under control. The treatments worked well for a while and then it became a struggle, taking a toll on her body. “I had to stop working as a learning specialist,” Baker said.
Similar to others, Carole didn’t understand how she contracted lung cancer. “I had never smoked a day in my life,” Baker said. But after educating herself more, she understood that you don’t have to be a smoker in order to have lung cancer. “When I found out I had cancer, I felt violated. I was doing everything right to keep this from happening. But now that I’ve accepted it, I want to educate others. Nobody knows that one in five women are diagnosed with lung cancer. When people find out I have lung cancer, they’re completely shocked,” Baker said.
“LUNG FORCE Walks are for people like Carole Baker,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “The walks help our organization raise awareness and funding for lung cancer patients and for research. There are many women like Carole, who lead healthy, active lifestyles and lung cancer isn’t on their radar. Lung cancer is not just a smoker’s disease and with the help of participants like Carole, we can spread that message to the public,” Seyler said.
Carole hopes her participation in the LUNG FORCE Walk will increase awareness for others. “It’s upsetting that research for lung cancer isn’t properly funded because of the stigma that is attached to it; more needs to be done,” Baker said. To find out more about the LUNG FORCE Walk or to register go to action.lung.org/nyc or contact Event Manager Sarah Lutz at NYCLUNGFORCE@LungNE.org or call 917-210-5644.