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Annual Report

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A Force to Be Reckoned With in the Fight Against Lung Cancer

164 percent increase in funding for lung cancer research since launch

154% increase in funding for lung cancer research since launch

Team Turquoise grew to over 119,000 members

Team Turquoise grew to more than 119,000 members

900+ LUNG FORCE Hero stories shared

More than 900 LUNG FORCE Hero stories shared


  • LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day: 150 Heroes, volunteers and staff visited 205 Congress members
  • Held 25 LUNG FORCE Expos, reaching over 4,400 medical professionals, volunteers, patients and caregivers
  • 22,000 walk participants at more than 40 events nationwide
  • 240 famous landmarks illuminated in turquoise during Turquoise Takeover in May
  • $2 million investment in Lung Cancer Dream Team

Our LUNG FORCE initiative continues to unite women against lung cancer and for lung health. This year, we continued to focus on lung cancer research through research funding partnerships, direct funding and federal advocacy efforts. Our third annual Women's Lung Health Barometer revealed that lung cancer awareness remains critically low—in fact, 98 percent of women still didn't even have lung cancer on their radar. And, less than half of women considered at high risk for the disease had spoken to their doctor about lung cancer, despite it being the #1 cancer killer of both women and men.

Our second LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day in Washington DC, on April 5, brought together LUNG FORCE Heroes to fight to preserve quality, affordable healthcare and support sustained and robust investments in medical research funding at the National Institutes of Health. More than 150 Heroes, volunteers and staff from every state in the country attended and visited 205 members of Congress to advocate for lung heath.

LUNG FORCE IlluminationsIn recognition of National Women's Lung Health Week (May 7 – 13), we celebrated the fourth annual Turquoise Takeover. Turquoise, the signature color of LUNG FORCE, illuminated more than 240 famous landmarks (the most ever).

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

In FY17, LUNG FORCE collaborated with Stand Up To Cancer and the LUNGevity Foundation to create the Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team. Our $2 million contribution to these teams is our largest single investment in lung cancer research to date. Read the most recent FY18 update on this important award.

More LUNG FORCE Impact

Building Lung Cancer AwarenessLung cancer takes the lives of more women than any other cancer. Yet, according to our third annual Women's Lung Health Barometer — a survey of over 1,000 American adult women that measures their awareness, knowledge and perceptions about lung cancer — 98 percent of women do not have lung cancer on their health radar. Awareness is critical because if lung cancer is caught before it spreads, survival rates are five times higher. Our efforts helped double the number of women who have lung cancer on their radar.
LUNG FORCE Hero Ashley M. meets with her Senators and Representatives
Taking Our Message to the CapitolAshley, from Pennsylvania, was one of the more than 150 LUNG FORCE Heroes, volunteers and staff who discussed the importance of quality and affordable healthcare and lung cancer research funding for the National Institutes of Health with their Senators and Representatives during our 2nd annual LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day. Ashley met with her Senators and Representative, and later in the year spoke at the House of Representatives’ Cancer Caucus Briefing on why continued investments in federal research funding are so important.
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