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Annual Report

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A Rising FORCE United to Defeat Lung Cancer

164 percent increase in funding for lung cancer research since launch

Invested $2.5M+ in lung cancer research funding

Team Turquoise grew to over 119,000 members

More than 1,000 LUNG FORCE Hero stories shared

900+ LUNG FORCE Hero stories shared

134,000+ submitted the "Saved By The Scan" screening eligibility quiz

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in America. Our LUNG FORCE initiative continues to unite women and men to stand against lung cancer and for lung health. Our inaugural LUNG FORCE “State of Lung Cancer” report, released in February, found that every state could – and must – do more to combat lung cancer. This first-of-its-kind report shows the impact of lung cancer and how survival rates vary state by state, as well as opportunities to save lives.

This year, we continued to focus on prolonging and saving lives through research, committing more than $2.5 million to lung cancer research, and leveraging research funding partnerships and advocacy for federal research funding to further our impact on lung cancer. Our fourth annual Lung Health Barometer, released during November 2017’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month found that too many Americans are not aware of their risk for lung cancer, or of the lifesaving potential of lung cancer screening.

One World Trade Center illuminatedIn recognition of National Women's Lung Health Week in May, we celebrated the fifth annual Turquoise Takeover. More than 150 famous landmarks, including 1 World Trade in New York, were illuminated in turquoise, the signature color of LUNG FORCE.

In FY18, LUNG FORCE collaborated with Stand Up To Cancer and the LUNGevity Foundation to create two groundbreaking lung cancer research teams, representing our largest funding initiative yet for lung cancer research.

Once again, our partnership with CVS Health, the national presenting sponsor of LUNG FORCE, provided irreplaceable support in raising funds and awareness to beat lung cancer and help people quit smoking. Through the CVS Pharmacy in-store fundraising campaign, customers were encouraged to donate to fund lung cancer research, and throughout the year, CVS Health provided critical support to make other LUNG FORCE efforts successful. CVS Health is one of many generous LUNG FORCE partners who have joined us to make a positive impact for people with lung cancer.

More LUNG FORCE Impact

Saved By The ScanOur LUNG FORCE initiative, in collaboration with the Ad Council, launched “Saved By The Scan,” a public awareness effort to raise awareness of the benefits of early detection through lung cancer screening and drive high-risk individuals to take an online screening eligibility quiz. If they meet the guidelines, they are urged to talk to their doctor about being screened for lung cancer. In its first year, more than 134,000 took the screening eligibility quiz, and more than 48,000 were found to be at high risk and were urged to talk to their doctor about getting screened.
LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day
A ‘Capital’ Effort for Lung HealthLUNG FORCE Advocacy Day in Washington DC, brought LUNG FORCE Heroes together to fight for quality, affordable healthcare and robust investments in medical research funding at the National Institutes of Health. LUNG FORCE Heroes from all 50 states, volunteers and staff visited 197 members of Congress to advocate for lung heath. Thanks to their efforts, we helped secure a $3 billion increase in NIH funding for FY2018 and a $2 billion increase for FY 2019. We can all be proud of playing a part in this remarkable victory for the health of countless Americans.
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