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Every 5 Minutes a Kansas City Woman is Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

(May 8, 2018) -

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James Martinez
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(312) 445-2501

In the last 40 years, lung cancer in women has increased 94 percent, and now impacts more than 6,000 people in Kansas and Missouri. To raise awareness of the number one cancer killer, the American Lung Association in Kansas & Greater Kansas City is celebrating lung cancer survivors and also turning Kansas City turquoise during National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 6-12).

During the week, the Lung Association is celebrating local lung cancer survivors, including Bettye Givens and Christy Fischer.

  • Bettye Givens didn’t have any symptoms of lung cancer. She was a long-time smoker, so she asked her doctor if she could get a chest X-ray. The doctor recommended a low-dose CT scan lung cancer screening. A nodule in both lungs was detected on the scan. She had two surgeries in late February 2017 and was diagnosed with early stage T1a Adenocarcinoma. Today, she feels great and is thankful that she received the scan.
  • Christy Fischer: In 2006, Fisher went to the doctor because she was tired, had shortness of breath, chest pain, back pain, a constant cough and wheezing. By the time she was diagnosed with lung cancer it had spread to both of her lungs, my neck and she had a tumor the size of a golf ball in her chest. This was a shock, as she was only 39, had never smoked and was a life-long athlete. She received chemotherapy and beat cancer not just once, but three times. Now, she is cancer free and she tells her story to provide hope and strength to others who must face this disease.

In addition, Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Lighton Plaza, and One Kansas City Place will be illuminated in turquoise, the signature color of LUNG FORCE. During the week, there also will be local events and fundraising campaigns, including:

  • LUNG FORCE Glam: On Thursday, May 10, the Lung Association is hosting a LUNG FORCE Glam, an event to raise awareness about lung cancer, and celebrate survivors and advancements in research. The event is held at the Gallery Event Space in the Power & Light District of Kansas City, and will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, plated dinner, inspirational speakers and more. More information and tickets are available at
  • CVS In-Store Campaign: From May 6 - 26, CVS Pharmacy customers can make a donation of $1, $3 or more at the register to raise funds for lung cancer awareness, research and education. In addition, CVS Pharmacy will donate $1 for every pack of Extra Gum that is purchased, up to $100,000 to the Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE.

During National Women’s Lung Health Week, the American Lung Association encourages everyone to get involved by wearing turquoise, turning their social media profiles turquoise, and donating at


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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