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Albuquerque Residents Join LUNG FORCE Walk to End Lung Disease

American Lung Association Event at the Albuquerque Academy Loop Supports LUNG FORCE, a Nationwide Initiative Fighting Lung Cancer in Women

(November 8, 2016) -

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Heather Mangan
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On Saturday, Nov. 12, the American Lung Association in New Mexico will host its annual LUNG FORCE Walk to support the nationwide initiative LUNG FORCE. This initiative seeks to make lung disease a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. Lung cancer is the top cancer killer of both women and men in America.

The LUNG FORCE Walk in Albuquerque is a unique, festive event that will make a difference for lung cancer detection, research and cures. Registration and festivities, including team photos, kid zone, LUNG FORCE Heroes tent, health information, clean air advocacy, prize drawings, awards, sponsor booths and more, begin at 8:00 a.m. The leisurely 5K walk will start at Hoffmantown and follow the Albuquerque Academy Loop.  Participation is free, but walkers are encouraged to fundraise to help fund lung cancer research.

“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in America, but alarmingly few women see lung cancer as a threat to them personally,” said Terry Huertaz, executive director of the American Lung Association in New Mexico. “The reality is that anyone can get lung cancer or lung disease, and yet these illnesses have been in the shadows for decades. This simply must change. We invite everyone in Albuquerque to join us and rally with friends, neighbors and colleagues to raise our voices together against lung disease.”

The LUNG FORCE Walk in Albuquerque is sponsored in part by HME Specialists, LLC, and Richard Dowdican, a company’s founder and president, is the corporate chair of the event. With his help and dedication, the walk will be able to help not only those with lung cancer but anyone whose life has been affected by lung disease.

“HME Specialists helps people with chronic or short term medical needs live a more independent life by delivering medical equipment supplies and infusion pharmacy services to their home,” Dowdican said. “One of the many reasons HME aligns with the American Lung Association is our commitment to quality care and patient education, especially those with lung illnesses.”

According to the Lung Association's Women's Lung Health Barometer, current awareness about the impact of lung cancer in women is extremely low. Even though lung cancer has long been the no. 1 cancer killer of women, 98 percent of women do not have lung cancer as a top-of-mind health concern.

In 2016, in New Mexico, 1,200 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer. Statistics show that, on average, fewer than half of all women with lung cancer will be alive one year after diagnosis. With one of the lowest survival rates compared to other major cancers, early detection and treatment is key to saving lives. So locally and across the nation, LUNG FORCE educates and empowers patients and healthcare providers, and also raises critical funds for research into better detection and targeted treatments for lung cancer.

The American Lung Association in New Mexico offers several resources for individuals and families that have been impacted by lung cancer. Anyone seeking help can visit or call the Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Helpline at 1-800-LUNG-USA, which connects callers to information, resources and support services. Visit our website,, for comprehensive education and support developed specifically for lung cancer patients and caregivers.


About the American Lung Association in New Mexico 

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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