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American Lung Association’s Second Annual LUNG FORCE Walk and LUNG FORCE Expo in Buffalo Name BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Presenting Sponsor

(February 6, 2019) - BUFFALO, N.Y.

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Solomon
[email protected]
(516) 680-8927

The American Lung Association is proud to announce BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York will once again be the presenting sponsor for the upcoming LUNG FORCE Expo and LUNG FORCE Walk in Buffalo.  2019 marks the Second Annual LUNG FORCE events in the Western New York region, while the greater LUNG FORCE movement – which raises awareness for lung cancer -  continues to gain momentum throughout the nation. The LUNG FORCE Expo will be on May 11, 2019 at the Grapevine Banquets in Buffalo and the LUNG FORCE Walk will take place on May 30, 2019 at Buffalo Harbor State Park. Registration is currently open for both events.

"The LUNG FORCE movement is about uniting our community around lung cancer and lung disease awareness  – so who better to partner with than one of the region's most well-known organizations, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York," said Jeff Seyler, Chief Division Officer of the American Lung Association. "As our presenting sponsor for the second year in a row, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York will continue to educate our friends and neighbors about lung disease risk factors, available treatments, and expand our network to reach more families with this life-saving information."

"Lung cancer and lung disease affects millions of families in our community and throughout the country each year," said Dr. Thomas Schenk, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. "BlueCross BlueShield is proud to continue our partnership with the American Lung Association to bring the LUNG FORCE movement back to Western New York again this year to help advance education, advocacy and research around lung health, and ultimately improve the health of our community."

Both the Expo and Walk will include speaking programs honoring local LUNG FORCE Heroes, survivors, advocates and healthcare professionals and families.   The Expo will feature speakers from a variety of fields, including Dr. Joseph Barbi, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Oncology at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and a recent recipient of the American Lung Association's Lung Cancer Research Discovery Award.  He will give an update on his research, and will join other medical professionals and experts in educating attendees on topics ranging from lung disease signs and symptoms, to risk factors, to early detection methods.

The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE movement is recognized nationwide.  LUNG FORCE events raise funds for research, early detection, advocacy, education and awareness for lung cancer, particularly awareness about the high rate of lung cancer in women.

Those with questions can contact 716-271-6386 or by email at [email protected]  To find out more about the Expo or to register click here. To find out more about the Walk or to register click here.


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 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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