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Every 5 Minutes a Texas Woman is Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

(May 2, 2018) -

For more information please contact:

James Martinez
[email protected]
(312) 445-2501

In the last 40 years, lung cancer in women has increased 94 percent, and now impacts more than 14,000 people in Texas. To raise awareness of the number one cancer killer, the American Lung Association in Texas is celebrating lung cancer survivors and also turning Texas turquoise during National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 6-12).

During the week, the Lung Association is celebrating local lung cancer survivors, including:

  • Clara Lambert is a lung cancer survivor who, this past July, she celebrated the ninth anniversary of her last radiation treatment. She devotes her time to speaking to encouraging lung cancer patients and raising awareness about the much needed funds for lung cancer research. 
  • Tracy Chaponis never smoked a day in her life, but was diagnosed with stage 4 lung in 2016. She developed lung cancer from a mutant gene she had. Yet, she stands strong two years later as a LUNG FORCE Hero who refuses to give up.

In addition, there also will be several events and fundraising campaigns, including: 

  • LUNG FORCE Reception “Fight For Air Night”: May 22, 2018.  5-8pm at Churrascos in River Oaks. At this reception, we will honor our 2018 Texas LUNG FORCE Hero. There will also be there will be inspiring stories from lung cancer patients and physician stories of how we are fighting the battle against lung cancer.  
  • 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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