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Wendy Sparks Joins Lung Cancer Advocates from Every State on Capitol Hill to Fight for More Research Funding

Wendy Sparks Joins Lung Cancer Advocates from Every State on Capitol Hill to Fight for More Research Funding

(March 22, 2016) - Oklahoma City, OK

Local Oklahoma City LUNG FORCE Hero Joined Volunteers from Across the Country to Urge Congress to Support Robust, Sustained Federal Funding Increases for Research

Wendy Sparks of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma joined the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative and “LUNG FORCE Heroes” – Americans personally impacted by lung cancer – from every state at the U.S. Capitol to press Members of Congress for continued bipartisan momentum toward defeating lung cancer. 

During Advocacy Day, Wendy shared her personal experience with lung cancer. “When my sister Nikki told me that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer, ironically it took my breath away. I told her everything would be ok and the only thing we were going to do was fight.  Seeing Nikki suffer through various treatments was devastating,” explained Sparks. “It’s comforting to see initiatives like LUNG FORCE shedding light on lung cancer and providing a supportive community for the many people who are impacted by this disease, but more work is needed.”

Wendy Sparks encourages everyone to advocate for lung cancer research to your Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. To learn more about Wendy’s story and the LUNG FORCE initiative, visit


About the American Lung Association in Oklahoma

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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