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Mission Moment November - 2016

(November 14, 2016)


Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Awareness Month: We have our work cut out for us this November, because awareness about lung cancer, especially as a risk to women, is still terribly low. According to our third annual Women’s Lung Health Barometer, 98 percent of women do not have lung cancer on their health radar. This Lung Cancer Awareness Month, help us bridge that gap. If lung cancer has touched your life, raise awareness about the disease and the importance of early detection by sharing your story at  With our collective voice, we can make a difference.

Big Wins for Lung Cancer Treatment: With two new drug approvals, the past month has been huge for lung cancer immunotherapy! Tecentriq was approved as a second-line drug and Keytruda (previously only approved as a second-line drug) was granted first-line approval. See our interactive infographic, video and brochure to better understand how immunotherapy can treat lung cancer.

LUNG FORCE Hero: One of our newest LUNG FORCE Heroes is Zelita M. who was diagnosed in 2015 with stage 1B adenocarcinoma. She is responding well to therapy, and is thankful to be alive and stronger each day. So are we.


COPD Awareness Month: Did you know that COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is the third leading cause of death in America? This November you can join us in raising awareness about COPD:

  • November 14 – 18: You’re not too late to join the interactive “Ask the Lung Expert” Series on our Inspire “Living with COPD” community.  Mark Courtney, a respiratory therapist and counselor at our Lung HelpLine, will be answering your patient and caregiver questions all week. Sign up for a free membership to this online support community and join the conversation. 
  • November 16: On World COPD Day, we participated in a Twitter Chat with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and COPD Foundation about the chronic lung disease that affects millions of Americans, and we shared our COPD support options on CEO and National President Harold Wimmer’s Huffington Post blog series.


Research Awards Nationwide: On October 18, we released our Research Awards Nationwide report, which highlights the 69 novel and innovative research projects funded by the Lung Association. Covering lung health research topics from asthma to tuberculosis, we are achieving our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Thanks to your continued support, the Lung Association is funding a total of $6.51 million in 2016-2017 through our Awards and Grants program and Airways Clinical Research Centers.

Lung Association Supports Groundbreaking Approach to Matching Lung Cancer Patients with Clinical Trials: The Lung Association is proud to be an advocacy partner in the Lung-MAP project, a groundbreaking clinical trial in squamous cell lung cancer that should improve access to promising drugs for lung cancer patients. Lung-MAP is a unique trial designed to test several different squamous cell lung cancer therapies simultaneously. If you are a squamous cell lung cancer patient, you can learn more about Lung-MAP, and register for the program.

Catching Up with Research Awardees: Over 1,550 researchers have been supported by the Lung Association over the years, and because of that early-career support, many have continued careers in lung health. See what these researchers are up to now!


New Partnership to Help Smokers on Medicaid Quit: This October, we announced a new partnership with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to increase coverage and access to evidence-based tobacco cessation treatments for Medicaid enrollees in seven states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. With the support of MD Anderson, the Lung Association will reach out to each states' officials about the importance of increasing access to proven tobacco cessation treatments for some of our nation's most vulnerable citizens.

California Votes to Protect Kids from Tobacco: On Tuesday, November 8, California voters passed Proposition 56, raising all tobacco taxes and increasing the cigarette tax by $2 which will result in fewer kids starting to smoke and more smokers quitting. The Lung Association is proud to have helped lead the broad coalition of organizations in support of Proposition 56, fending off more than $71 million in spending by the tobacco industry to defeat the ballot measure.  Along with reducing smoking in the state, the tax increase will help fund tobacco prevention programs, vital cancer research and other state health programs. 


Time to Get Your Flu Shot: Flu season is here and vaccination is your best prevention. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone 6 months of age and older get an annual flu vaccine. Lung Association National President and CEO Harold Wimmer got his flu shot from aspiring doctor, Gavin to remind you to get your flu shot!


Our award winning EACH Breath blog is sharing the importance of Lung Cancer Awareness Month with our latest “Lung Cancer: What Everyone Should Know About Screening Options” by Dr. Andrea McKee, a member of the American Lung Association's Lung Cancer Expert Medical Advisory Panel. We’ve also continued #TheDayIQuit series about unique quit smoking stories, and take a look at the work of some of our recent research award recipients with “From A(sthma) to TB.”

November is a time for gratitude, and the American Lung Association is deeply thankful for your generous support. YOU make it all possible! The lifesaving work that is carried out by American Lung Association staff and volunteers is only possible because so many generous donors across the country believe in our mission and support us through their donations. If you would like to become more involved, we always have opportunities for those who share our passion for lung health to join in our work.

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