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  • FY16 Annual Report LUNG FORCE

80,000 Lung Cancer Patients and Caregivers receiving support each month

Our LUNG FORCE initiative to unite women against lung cancer is a growing, strengthening movement! This year, we again turned a spotlight on the need to build awareness of the risk to women from lung cancer, when we published the results of our second Women's Lung Health Barometer, including the Barometer video and infographic. The Barometer findings showed positive movement in several areas, from our first Barometer in 2014, including increased awareness of risk factors of lung cancer other than smoking. However, overall awareness of lung cancer facts still remains low and knowledge gaps persist, reinforcing the need for our LUNG FORCE initiative.

(L to R) Rebecca Ryan, Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT) and Nancy Hale at Advocacy Day

Our first LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day in Washington DC, on March 16 brought together LUNG FORCE Heroes from all 50 states. A total of 117 LUNG FORCE Heroes visited 189 Members of Congress to share their personal stories and ask for sustained and increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These LUNG FORCE Heroes, all either living with lung cancer or representing a family member with lung cancer, were strong voices for research and hope.

In recognition of National Women's Lung Health Week (May 8 – 14), we celebrated the third Turquoise Takeover. The signature color of LUNG FORCE, turquoise, illuminated 225 buildings and landmarks across the country, including One World Trade Center in New York City, Hoover Dam and many more! Turquoise Takeover shines a light on lung cancer and spreads a message of hope for all who are touched by it.

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Just this year:

  • 25 lung cancer research awards granted, totaling $2M, including our inaugural Lung Cancer in Women Research Award
  • Committed to co-funding lung cancer research awards with Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and LUNGevity Foundation
  • Helped secure an increase in NIH lung cancer research funding, reaching an estimated $362M investment in lung cancer research in Fiscal Year 2016

Since launch in 2014:

  • $4.6M invested in lung cancer research
  • 74% increase achieved in NIH funding for lung cancer research (over 2013)
  • 85K+  "Team Turquoise" supporters enrolled
  • 5.6B+ media impressions helped wake America up to the lung cancer crisis

Thank You, CVS Health!

CVS In-Store Turquoise Takeover

Our partnership with CVS Health, a public health leader and national presenting sponsor of LUNG FORCE, was instrumental in raising awareness and funds to help beat lung cancer. The CVS Pharmacy in-store fundraising campaign encouraged customers to donate to support lung cancer research through LUNG FORCE. And throughout the year, CVS Health provided critical support to make initiatives like our LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day successful! CVS Health is one of many generous LUNG FORCE partners who are helping us make a real difference in the lives of people with lung cancer.


Susan Lee—LUNG FORCE Hero

It's often said, "Like mother, like daughter." For Susan Lee of Brookeville, Maryland, learning from her mother's experience has meant better success in her lung cancer journey.

Susan Lee Susan Lee with her mother

Susan's mother was diagnosed with lung cancer when Susan was in her mid-20s. Susan watched as her mother struggled with the after effects of radiation to her brain after the cancer metastasized. It was a heartbreaking experience for mother and daughter. Sadly, although she was cancer free at the time, Susan's mother passed away in December 2009, at age 74.

Fast forward to 2014, and Susan finds herself in familiar, but unwelcome territory. An MRI for shoulder pain revealed a solitary pulmonary nodule, which was later confirmed to be Stage IA lung cancer. Luckily, Susan responded well to treatment, and now, at age 54, is cancer free! Susan says that lung cancer gave her a chance to get back on her feet. She now pays close attention to every red flag in her health, because she doesn't want to go through what her mother went through, and most importantly, she doesn't want her family to go through what she had to go through.

Susan was also one of our 50 LUNG FORCE Heroes who traveled to Washington DC to speak out for federal funding of lung cancer research on our LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day in March.

Hundreds of courageous LUNG FORCE Heroes like Susan have shared their stories. Are you a lung cancer survivor, or have you lost a loved one to lung cancer? We invite you to share your story.

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