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Delaware Residents Join 5th Annual LUNG FORCE Walk to Support Lung Cancer Patients, Raise Funds for Lung Cancer Research

American Lung Association event at Rehoboth Beach Bandstand supports LUNG FORCE, a nationwide initiative addressing lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer in U.S.

(September 17, 2018) - REHOBOTH, Del.

On Sunday, October 14, 2018 the American Lung Association in Delaware will host its 5th annual LUNG FORCE Walk to support lung cancer patients. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both women and men in America, and the American Lung Association’s nationwide LUNG FORCE initiative seeks to make lung cancer a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.

“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of men and women in America, but alarmingly few see lung cancer as a threat to them personally,” said Dina Gordon, Executive Director, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. “The reality is that anyone can get lung cancer, yet lung cancer has been in the shadows for decades. This simply must change. We invite everyone in the Delaware Valley Metropolitan Area to join us and rally with friends, neighbors and colleagues to raise our voices together against lung cancer.”

This year’s LUNG FORCE Walk in Delaware will start at 10 a.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand located on 1 Rehoboth Avenue. Special guests include; LUNG FORCE Heroes Christine Manniel, Amanda Carl, Shelley Perry and for the first time, the 2nd Time Around Band will be performing at this year's LUNG FORCE Walk in Rehoboth Beach.

“My father was diagnosed October of 2013 with lung cancer and passed away 9 months later. To honor my dad, Doug Stedman, our LUNG FORCE Walk team is Stedman Strong,” said Shelley Perry, LUNG FORCE Hero. “We need more voices in this fight against lung cancer and I am proud to share my story at the LUNG FORCE Walk on behalf of the millions of people who have been affected by lung cancer.”

In conjunction with Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which is recognized each November, the Lung Association conducts its Lung Health Barometer survey. Findings reveal awareness of lung cancer and the lifesaving potential of lung cancer screening is critically low. With the Saved By The Scan campaign, the Lung Association is raising awareness about lung cancer and the new availability of lifesaving lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan - a powerful tool to diagnose lung cancer at an early stage, when it is much more likely to be curable. Screening is recommended for those considered at high risk for lung cancer. An estimated 9 million Americans are eligible, and if only half of those at high risk were screened, more than 15,000 lives could be saved.

According to the Lung’s Association’s State of Lung Cancer report, there will be more than 890 people in Delaware diagnosed with lung cancer and 580 will succumb to the deadly disease in 2018. The American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative was created to help defeat lung cancer and give hope to families facing this diagnosis.

LUNG FORCE Walks not only raise awareness, but also raise funds for lifesaving research.

The American Lung Association is funding more than $6.6 million for research during its 2017-2018 fiscal year, which includes 72 novel and innovative lung disease research grants, plus funding for the Airways Clinical Research Centers.

“By funding more than $6.6 million in promising research this fiscal year, the American Lung Association is investing in a healthier future for Americans, including the 32 million individuals who live with a chronic lung disease,” Gordon said.

The Lung Association in Delaware would like to thank sponsors including iHeart Radio’s Froggy 99.9’s Randy Scott for serving as the Master of Ceremonies.

The American Lung Association in Delaware 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 toll-free Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA for information, resources and support services. Visit for comprehensive education and support developed specifically for lung cancer patients and caregivers.

Media interested in covering the LUNG FORCE Walk, contact Communications Director Ewa Dworakowski at [email protected] or 717-503-3903 (cell).


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:

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