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Mission Moment March 2018

(March 14, 2018)


LUNG FORCE 'State of Lung Cancer' Report: Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both women and men in the United States, accounting for approximately one in four cancer deaths. Every day, we're working hard to defeat lung cancer, and on February 28, we released a new signature report titled, LUNG FORCE "State of Lung Cancer." This report features a state-by-state statistical view of the toll of lung cancer in the U. S. Our goal is to use this information to help our state legislators make smokefree living, early detection of lung cancer and access to cancer care and support a top priority across the country. This is the first time that state-specific lung cancer data have been compiled in this manner, revealing that the toll of lung cancer in the United States varies by state. Fortunately, recent progress in lung cancer care and treatment proves that more can be done to help beat this disease. Visit the report and get the facts about lung cancer in your state.

LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day: Today, March 14, LUNG FORCE Heroes from all 50 states are headed to Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of all those impacted by lung cancer. They will urge their senators and representatives to support $38.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and oppose all appropriations riders on FY18 and FY19 bills. You can help amplify their impact, by joining LUNG FORCE. Visit our Advocacy Day page to learn how you can contact your member of Congress.

Advocacy Day 2017

At last year's LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day (left to right): Bill Kempiners; Legislative Aide from Sen. Durbin's office; Kara Welborn (daughter of Maureen); Maureen "Mo" Welborn (LUNG FORCE Hero); Legislative Aide from Sen. Durbin's office; Kristen Young, executive director of Lung Association in Greater Chicago.

LUNG FORCE Expos: LUNG FORCE Expo season is here! LUNG FORCE Expos are a great opportunity to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, COPD, asthma and other lung diseases. Different tracks are available to match the interests of patients and caregivers and healthcare professionals. Each one-day Expo features experts from a variety of lung health-related fields presenting current research and hot topics, an exhibitor showcase and a chance for patients, caregivers and the local medical community to connect. Find an Expo near you.

Julie C.

LUNG FORCE Hero: If you want to know why we fight lung cancer, just read the story of Julie C. who shares what it's like to be diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer when you have a 6-year-old son. Julie's faith and love of family are helping her through.

Using Cells from Lung Transplants to Better Understand Pulmonary Fibrosis: Pulmonary fibrosis, or scarring of the lungs, is a leading cause of death in people with the autoimmune disorder systemic sclerosis (SSc). Current treatments are only marginally effective. Through a grant from the Lung Association, Deborah Winter, Ph.D. is comparing genes in healthy lungs of donors to the fibrotic (scarred) lungs of transplant recipients, to bolster our understanding and potentially lead to new treatments. Learn more.


Ready to Climb for Lung Health? Our Fight For Air Climbs are a great way to get active, meet others who care about healthy air and healthy lungs and help us save lives! Join us at one of our upcoming Climbs near you and make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease by raising funds for research, education and advocacy.  Every dollar raised moves us closer to healthy lungs for everyone.


Sarcoidosis: What You Need to Know.  Please plan to join the nationwide webcast, Sarcoidosis: What You Need to Know, to learn more about the rare lung disease, sarcoidosis. While some people diagnosed with this disease recover, for many others it becomes a chronic health condition. Sarcoidosis can affect many different organs, but it most commonly affects the lungs. Join expert pulmonologist, Dr. Lisa Maier from National Jewish Health and sarcoidosis patient, Ms. Tia Gray for this one-hour learning opportunity. Register today. This learning opportunity is made possible with an unrestricted educational grant from Mallinckrodt.


Strong Support for Clean Power Plan at Listening Sessions: The Kansas City and San Francisco EPA listening sessions on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan both took place in February. In Kansas City, the Lung Association and our health organizational partners organized six health professionals to speak on our concerns about the health impacts of the repeal of this important safeguard. In California, Lung Association staff took the lead in organizing health groups and volunteers to attend the session and a related news conference and rally, in order to stand up against the proposed repeal.

There is one listening session left in Gillette, WY on March 27.  If you're interested in speaking or know someone who might be, there is still time to register.  Registration closes March 21.

Reminder: Parents & Grandparents Letter Supporting the Clean Power Plan: We're still collecting signatures on a letter for parents and grandparents who support the Clean Power Plan, and we’re up to more than 2400. Please add your name in support of healthy air for our children and grandchildren, and encourage others to sign as well.

Bills to Weaken the Clean Air Act: The Lung Association was a leading voice opposing two harmful pieces of legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives in March – one to delay air pollution protections from brick kilns and woodstoves, and another to weaken emissions requirements for power plants that burn waste coal. See more on why the woodstoves delay is bad for health here. We’ll continue to work to keep these bills from passing the Senate and becoming law.

Thank You for Helping to Fight Appropriations Riders! As Congress works to finalize spending legislation for the current fiscal year, we're working to make sure that no backroom deals to weaken protections against tobacco or air pollution make it into the final bill. We worked with staff and volunteers across the country, as well as other national health and medical organizations, to hold two call-in days to Congress. Thanks to all who made their voice heard in opposition to these harmful provisions.


Are you looking for a place to learn timely, useful or just plain fascinating things about lungs and lung health? Check out our EACH Breath blog. One recent post invites you to test your lung health knowledge. Another shares how a clinical trial has helped a lung cancer patient and her "Eskimo dogs" thrive. Finally, Dr. Renee Matthews, host of "The Ask Dr. Renee Show" takes you along as she trains for a Lung Association Fight For Air Climb, despite having asthma!

Everything we do is made possible because of our great supporters, like you! Thank you for all you do to support healthy air and healthy lungs. You make our lifesaving mission possible and help build a healthier future for all of us!

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