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Lung Cancer is an urgent health crisis in America, killing more people than any other cancer. Now in its fourth year, LUNG FORCE is making Lung Cancer a national priority and is dedicated to reducing lung cancer's terrible toll.

In the spring of 2017 the American Lung Association of the Midland States brought awareness to the number one cancer killer of women by turning our communities turquoise in honor of National Women's Lung Health Week in May. During the fourth annual Turquoise Takeover, social media, news stations, newspapers, buildings and landmarks all turned turquoise to spread awareness of this important cause.

LUNG FORCE Walks in Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Louisville, KY; and Nashville, TN brought together those fighting for lung health and raised critical funds for research, advocacy and education.

LUNG FORCE Expos in Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN offered education and support for lung disease patients, caregivers and healthcare providers. We look forward to continuing this important education in the fall of 2017.

We stand together against lung cancer and for lung health. Only a force of many can take on lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women in the United States.

Cathy Zion

When Cathy Zion, owner and publisher of Louisville's Today's Woman magazine, asked her doctor to perform a lung scan, he was hesitant. Cathy was healthy, had no indication of any respiratory problems, and the test wasn't covered by insurance. But she had a feeling something was wrong, and she made a decision that could have saved her life.

"I told him, ‘Let's do the scan,'" Cathy remembers. The scan revealed a growth, and after further testing, she was told that she had lung cancer. "Strangely I wasn't surprised," Cathy remembers. "But I was very thankful that it had been caught so early."

Cathy, who had left her banking career after 21 years to pursue her dream of running a magazine, was not going to let lung cancer stop her. Weeks later she underwent surgery to remove the upper left lobe of her lung, and she began the road to recovery. "I was out of the hospital six days later and back to the office in three weeks."

Following her experience, Cathy has dedicated herself to inspiring others in their battles against lung cancer. She advocates for lung health in Washington DC, sits on the Regional Board for the American Lung Association in the Midland States area and participates every year in events like the Fight for Air Climb and the LUNG FORCE Walk.

"I encourage everyone to get scanned. It might just save your life," Cathy says.

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