LUNG FORCE Seeing Cancer Research Differently
Cancer doesn't discriminate. American Lung Association Lung Cancer Discovery Award recipient for "Novel Approach to Block Lung Cancer Development in Smokers," Dr. Nancy McNamara, is an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She started her work in lung cancer research with a look at how cigarette smoke affects airways. Dr. McNamara uses laboratory modeling to mimic how early exposure to smoke causes healthy cells to become tumor cells in the lung.
LUNG FORCE Dying for Awareness: The Lung Cancer Issue
With 20-plus years in healthcare, not much shocks me. But, lung cancer - lung cancer is a different story. When I learned that lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths for women, I admit I was astounded. I thought it had to be breast cancer - breast cancer gets so much attention. But no. It really is lung cancer. In fact, each year lung cancer kills more people than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined.
LUNG FORCE Hero Wendy Sparks
Everyone loved Nikki. As the Director of Behavioral Health at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, and really throughout her career as a licensed professional counselor, Nikki reached many people, from foster children and those suffering from mental illness to those in the prison population. She always succeeded in what she did - quick to excel and swift to offer a helping hand. She cared about people, and people cared about her.
How Life Changes After Lung Cancer - 3 Stories
Coping with complex emotions, navigating treatment, finding support and learning to adapt are some of the challenges of living with lung cancer. These survivors share their experiences.
LUNG FORCE Turquoise Takeover - May 12-16
A wave of turquoise hit the Tribeca Grand Hotel at the American Lung Association's star-studded LUNG FORCE event. Country singer Kellie Pickler, and actresses Laura Dern and Valerie Harper were on-site to discuss their connections to lung cancer after the unveiling of the moving Share Your Voice video, which featured the stars and women affected by lung cancer across the country.
LUNG FORCE Walk New York 2015 - A Turquoise Takeover of South Street Seaport
The tents were up bright and early on the morning of May 16, 2015, despite the dark clouds looming over the seaport and a temporary downpour that left puddles of water around the LUNG FORCE Walk vendor booths. But as walkers started to arrive, the clouds began to part.
LUNG FORCE Hero Denise Hogan on Living with Her Lungs
Denise Hogan is a riot. She talks a mile a minute - never missing a beat. She's the epitome of petite, but her personality is far from it. In one word, she's a survivor.
Carolyn Ganaway and Arlise Ellis Remember Mother's Day
Carolyn Ganaway was 58 years old when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her daughter Arlise was 39, but no matter your age, you're never prepared to hear the news that a loved one has cancer.
LUNG FORCE: Jillian Flaherty Remembers Her Mom on Mother's Day
Jillian Flaherty was 20 years old when her mother, Brenda Villa, lost her battle with cancer.
Playing to Win with Asthma: Meet Brewers baseball trainer Jeffrey Paxson
For Jeffrey Paxson, diagnosed with asthma at age 10, "no excuses" isn't just a saying, but a way of life. A popular and respected minor league athletic trainer for the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club for 22 years, "Pax" devotes 100 percent to everything he does, including managing his teams' needs and his own lung disease.