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American Lung Association in Westchester Raises Over $125,000 For 4th Annual LUNG FORCE Walk

(June 16, 2019) - Westchester, NY

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The 4th Annual LUNG FORCE Walk in Westchester drew out nearly 500 people and raised over $125,000 this weekend at Manhattanville College.  The 5k walk honored local LUNG FORCE heroes, survivors, advocates and families. The Westchester Walk is part of the na-tionwide LUNG FORCE campaign by the American Lung Association, that aims to raise funds for research, early detection, advocacy, education and awareness for lung cancer, particular-ly awareness about the high rate of lung cancer in women. 

“1 in 17 American women will get lung cancer in her lifetime and half of all women diagnosed with lung cancer will not even survive one year,” said Carla Sterling, Executive Director for the American Lung Association Metro New York. “These are not just statistics - they are our mothers, our grandmothers, our daughters, nieces and friends.  This event helps us reach hundreds of families in the Westchester area that need our support. It's also an opportunity to educate them on risk factors and early detection methods which can save lives.”

The family friendly event features interactive educational tents, exhibitors, music, entertainment, and fun for the whole family. The event also included a physical warm up, several moments to honor survivors and those currently fighting the disease, as well as an award ceremony to acknowledge top fundraisers and long-time walk veterans.

June Burke, a White Plains resident and LUNG FORCE Hero who is currently in remission from lung cancer, said, “My story is not the norm, but is one that I hope provokes people to have a conversation with their doctors. Only 3 percent of women cite lung cancer as a top of mind health concern. Yet every five minutes, a woman in this country is told she has lung cancer. Last year, I was one of them.” During her speech at the event, Burke told the crowd about how she proactively asked about lung cancer and self-advocated for a screening, which lead to early detection of non small cell adenocarcinoma lung cancer.  She went on to have a lobectomy of her left lung, along with the removal of 7 lymph nodes, and four rounds of chemotherapy over a 12-week period.  She is currently cancer-free. 

Lung cancer remains the #1 cancer killer of both men and women in the United States.  Over the past five years the LUNG FORCE campaign has funded $12.5 million in lung cancer re-search, and $5 million in increasing public health awareness around the prevention of lung disease.  In addition, LUNG FORCE has helped secure a 69% increase in National Institutes of Health lung cancer research funding, which has led to an unprecedented 22 (and count-ing!) new FDA approved treatments for lung cancer patients since 2016.

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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: Lung.org.

About LUNG FORCE

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 LUNGFORCE.org.

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