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Wisconsin Residents Join LUNG FORCE Walk to End Lung Cancer

(August 31, 2015)

On Sunday, October 4, the American Lung Association in Wisconsin will host its annual LUNG FORCE Walk to support the nationwide initiative LUNG FORCE. Now in its second year, this initiative is a new effort to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. Lung cancer is the top cancer killer of both women and men in America.

Event Day Details – 

  • Free to Register! Register Now
  • Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and we encourage you to come early!
  • Walk begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Raise $100 or more to earn the official LUNG FORCE Walk t-shirt!
  • Parking and Zoo entrance for the day are included with your registration.
  • This is a Rain or Shine event!

Not just a walk, LUNG FORCE incorporates many areas and activities to be involved in on event day including:

  • Sea of Turquoise – Turquoise is the signature color of the LUNG FORCE movement and we encourage our walkers to show their support by painting the day turquoise!
  • Mission Tents – opportunities to learn about lung disease, share your stories and take the LUNG FORCE Pledge. 
  • Action Passport – visit the mission areas, earn stamps in your action passport and enter to win prizes!
  • Free Flu Shots – donated by United Health Care and administered by Midland Health.  While supplies last.
  • Fitness Fun – challenge yourself to do more than walk on event day with our fitness. 

“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in America, but alarmingly few women see lung cancer as a threat to them personally,” said Linda Witucki, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin. “The reality is that anyone can get lung cancer, yet lung cancer has been in the shadows for decades. This simply must change. We invite everyone from Kenosha to Ashland to join us 

According to the Lung Association's Women's Lung Health Barometer, current awareness about the impact of lung cancer in women is extremely low. Even though lung cancer has long been the top cancer killer of women, only 1 percent of women named the disease as a cancer that is top-of-mind for them. Yet anyone can get lung cancer – two-thirds of lung cancer cases are in those who have never smoked or have successfully quit smoking. 

Here in Wisconsin, about 1,935 women are diagnosed with lung cancer each year, and another 1,473 lose their lives to the disease. Statistics show that, on average, fewer than half of all women with lung cancer will be alive one year after diagnosis. With one of the lowest survival rates compared to other major cancers, early detection and treatment is key to saving lives. So locally and across the nation, LUNG FORCE educates and empowers patients and healthcare providers, and also raises critical funds for research into better detection and targeted treatments for lung cancer. 

The American Lung Association in Wisconsin offers several resources for individuals and families that have been impacted by lung cancer. Anyone seeking help can visit www.LUNGFORCE.org or call the Lung Association’s Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNG-USA, which connects callers to information, resources and support services. Support is also available at our Facing Lung Cancer website (www.mylungcancersupport.org), a comprehensive education and support website developed specifically for patients and caregivers.  

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