Burlington Residents Join LUNG FORCE Walk to Support Lung Cancer Patients, Raise Funds for Lung Cancer Research
American Lung Association event at Battery Park supports LUNG FORCE, a nationwide initiative addressing lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer in U.S.
(June 21, 2019) - Burlington, VT
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The American Lung Association in in Vermont drew out over 300 people and raised over $50,000 at its 5th Annual LUNG FORCE Walk. The beautiful 1.75-mile walk overlooking Lake Champlain and the distant Adirondack Mountains honored local LUNG FORCE Heroes, survivors, advocates and families. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women and men in America, and the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative seeks to make lung cancer a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.
“Although lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women and men in the United States, few are aware of the widespread impact of the disease in our community. said Justin King, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Vermont. “The reality is that anyone can get lung cancer. We invite everyone in Vermont to join us and rally with friends, neighbors and colleagues as we unite against lung cancer and for patients everywhere.”
According to the Lung Association's 4th annual Lung Health Barometer, awareness about the impact of lung cancer in women is extremely low. Even though lung cancer has long been the #1 cancer killer of women, lung cancer is not a top-of-mind health concern for 97 percent of women. Every day, more than 400 friends, neighbors, and loved ones lose their lives to lung cancer, with a new diagnosis occurring every two and a half minutes.
Margo Dearbhail, a Burlington resident and LUNG FORCE HERO completed her second walk this year. She said, "I am here because I was Saved by the Scan. Early detection saved my life and I am cancer free. Talk to your doctor and see if you are eligible for the Low Dose CT Screening. If you are diagnosed, contact Lung Force -- they are here for you and your family, providing support, education and resources to help with your journey."
In Vermont, approximately 510 women and men are diagnosed with lung cancer each year, and on average, only 46.7 percent of 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. However, screening is currently underutilized, as estimates indicate that less than 5 percent of high-risk Americans have been screened for lung cancer. LUNG FORCE educates and empowers patients and healthcare providers, and raises critical funds for research into better early detection methods and precision treatments for lung cancer.
Over the past five years the LUNG FORCE campaign has funded $12.5 million in lung cancer research, 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 counting!) new FDA approved treatments for lung cancer patients since 2016.
The American Lung Association offers several resources for individuals and families that have been impacted by lung cancer. Anyone seeking help can visit LUNGFORCE.org or call the Lung Association’s toll-free Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA for information, resources and support services. Visit Lung.org/lung-cancer for comprehensive education and support developed specifically for lung cancer patients and caregivers
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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