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LUNG FORCE Heroes from Every State Join American Lung Association to Advocate for Lung Cancer Patients on Capitol Hill

Those facing lung cancer head to D.C. to push for lung cancer research, quality and affordable healthcare

(March 6, 2018) - CHICAGO

For more information please contact:

Allison MacMunn
[email protected]

WHAT: Through its LUNG FORCE initiative, the American Lung Association is hosting its third annual LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day, bringing together "LUNG FORCE Heroes" – those personally impacted by lung cancer – from all 50 states to advocate for lung cancer patients everywhere. These advocates are pushing for increased research funding at the National Institutes of Health that will result in better treatments and improved methods of early detection for lung cancer. They will also educate members about the importance of quality and affordable healthcare and ask them to pass bipartisan legislation that will help stabilize the health insurance marketplaces and protect patients with pre-existing conditions from a harmful proposed rule that would allow short-term limited duration plans to be expanded, undermining patient protections.

Hear first-hand how these actions will impact the lives of people with and at risk for lung cancer. Media interviews with LUNG FORCE Heroes and policy experts will be available by request. Photo opportunities will be available.

WHEN/WHERE: The American Lung Association and LUNG FORCE Heroes will take to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 14 to meet with members of Congress.

HOW: To schedule an interview with a LUNG FORCE Hero, lung cancer medical or policy expert, contact Allison MacMunn at [email protected] or 312-801-7628.


  • Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women and men in our country.
  • In 2018, 234,030 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • Only 16 percent of people are diagnosed at an early stage, when the disease is more likely to be curable.
  • Better treatment options that improve survival are needed, as well as quality, affordable healthcare, so lung cancer patients can access these treatments.



LUNG FORCE is a new national movement led by the American Lung Association to unite women against lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women. LUNG FORCE has three priorities: 1) Make lung cancer a cause that people care about—and act on; 2) Educate and empower patients and healthcare providers and 3) Raise critical funds for lung cancer research. The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE is nationally presented by CVS Health. Find out more at

About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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