Hoover Dam Goes Turquoise
For a week in May, the Hoover Dam was lit turquoise to show support for lung cancer awareness.
To celebrate National Women's Lung Health Week 2017 (May 7-13), famous landmarks across the country turned turquoise as part of the LUNG FORCE Turquoise Takeover. For the second year in a row, the Hoover Dam was among those standing with the hundreds of thousands of men and women diagnosed with lung cancer each year.
Special to this year and specifically for the LUNG FORCE initiative, spectators could view the Hoover Dam at night—when it is normally off limits to the public—and snap photos of the illumination and the turquoise waters from atop the Pat Tillman Bridge. American Lung Association in Nevada staff and the illumination team from Total Show Technology were also offered a special tour of the dam. This unique opportunity was made possible through a partnership between the American Lung Association in Nevada, the Hoover Dam, the Bureau of Reclamation and Total Show Technology.
The High Roller Wheel at The LINQ on Las Vegas Boulevard and the Daniels & Fisher Clock Tower in downtown Denver were other famous landmarks in the region that turned turquoise for National Women's Lung Health Week.
LUNG FORCE Hero Spotlight – Anne Phillips
Anne Phillips, center, visits Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, with Ellen Penrod, executive director of the American Lung Association in Colorado.
Anne Phillips' life depends on research that will advance lung cancer treatment.
Anne, a mother of two from Colorado, went to the doctor for a series of seemingly unrelated symptoms, and before doctors could pinpoint the issue, she had a seizure. Scans revealed tumors in both her lungs and brain, and she underwent surgery to remove the tumor that caused the seizure. Analysis of the tumor confirmed that Anne had stage 4 lung cancer with a metastasis to the brain. Because surgery to remove the tumor on her left lung wasn't an option, doctors took out the initial tumor with Gamma Knife technology, and tests of the tumor revealed that it contained a common gene mutation. Now, her tumors are stable and she takes medication and has regular scans.
But Anne's fight against lung cancer doesn't stop there. This past spring, Anne joined LUNG FORCE heroes from across the country in participating in the second annual LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. She met with members of Congress to advocate for greater investments in lung cancer research and quality and affordable healthcare.
Anne continues to support lung cancer research and awareness on both the local and national level.