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American Lung Association in Arizona Turns Turquoise in Honor of National Women's Lung Health Week

(May 3, 2016) - AZ

TUCSON (May 3, 2016) – The American Lung Association in Arizona is supporting LUNG FORCE during National Women's Lung Health Week (May 8 – 14) by turning local landmarks turquoise in an effort to raise awareness and defeat lung cancer in women. LUNG FORCE is a fast-growing initiative uniting the nation against lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women.

Every eight minutes, a woman in the United States will lose her battle with lung cancer, yet awareness is shockingly low, only 1 percent of women say that lung cancer is a top-of-mind cancer concern. However, the number of women dying from lung cancer has nearly doubled over the past 30 years.

LUNG FORCE is focused on driving more positive outcomes for the women and families whose lives have been forever changed as a result of a lung cancer diagnosis.

“When I was diagnosed with lung cancer my life was forever changed, but I refused to let my cancer define who I was,” said Tucson LUNG FORCE Hero Marlene Harris. “Instead I used all my strength to fight my disease and let it serve as a reminder of how precious life is.  Being part of Lung Force provides a supportive community and sheds light on this silent killer.” 

The Tucson LUNG FORCE Event will take place at La Encantada on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, starting at 5:00 p.m. Come join our partners Talbots, Kendra Scott, Blanco and Shaffer Dry Cleaning for a fun shopping and dining night to create awareness and to raise much needed funds for Lung Cancer. 

Now in its third year, LUNG FORCE is empowering women and men in Tucson to share their voice make lung cancer a public health priority.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating our third annual Turquoise Takeover in Tucson," said Julie Reid, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Arizona. "Since launching the initiative in 2014, we've made great strides in spreading awareness among the Tucson community and I'm excited to see what this year will bring.”

The American Lung Association is asking Tucson residents to share their voices in the fight against lung cancer. Visit to learn how to participate:

Walk: A LUNG FORCE Walk is scheduled in Tucson on October 8, 2016 at the University of Arizona. To register, participate or help raise funds for the important work LUNG FORCE is doing in Arizona and nationwide, visit or call 520-323-1812.

Share: Visit to turn your social media profiles turquoise or post a turquoise selfie, using the hashtag #ShareYourVoice and #LUNGFORCE. If lung cancer has touched your life or someone you love, please share your story at

Donate: Make a donation that supports the American Lung Association's investment in lung cancer research and public health promotion.


About the American Lung Association in Arizona 

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:

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