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Meet local Colorado LUNG FORCE Heroes

(June 7, 2016) -

DENVER (June 7, 2016) – Lung cancer is the #1 cancer kill of women in the United States, surpassing breast cancer in 1987 however, based on a survey, only 1% of women list lung cancer as a health risk. The American Lung Association in Colorado is driven to spread the word and to bring together community members for the 2016 LUNG FORCE Walk on Saturday, June 11th. 

This year, the American Lung Association will have five LUNG FORCE Heroes kickoff the 2016 LUNG FORCE Walk by sharing their stories to the public. 

Meet two inspiring women who will be sharing their voice to Colorado: 

Sue Roush Smith was diagnosed with stage 3B lung cancer in April 2014 and quickly began an aggressive 7 week radiation treatment followed by chemotherapy. Recently, she had undergone a procedure called, Cyber Knife to shrink the tumors that now appeared in both lungs.  “There is so much to be learned from having cancer, such a horrific disease. But it does not have to be a death sentence. I am so fortunate to be living an otherwise happy, normal life. I have learned to appreciate life more than ever, to have the compassion to help other cancer patients in a loving, supportive way.” Post Cyber Knife, the procedure has helped with controlling the fluid in Sue’s lungs and she will get another PET scan in a month or so to make sure all is gone. 

In August of 2015, Lisa Moran was diagnosed with stage iv adenocarcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer which quickly traveled through both her lungs and to her spine. Because Lisa’s cancer has a specific genetic mutation her chemotherapy is in the form of a targeted therapy pill she takes once a day along with radiation. Lisa serves on the LUNG FORCE Committee and shares her story to inspire others to never give up and once you choose hope, anything is possible. Lisa’s latest scan from April 27, 2016 had No Evidence of Disease! 

Hundreds of Coloradans with lung cancer and lung disease, their families, friends and healthcare professionals will gather on June 11th at Centennial Center Park to help raise awareness about the impact of lung disease in our community.


About the American Lung Association in Colorado 

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 Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit the newly redesigned website:


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

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