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Every 5 Minutes an Indiana 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 an estimated 4,500 people in Indiana. To raise awareness of the number one cancer killer, the American Lung Association in Indiana is celebrating residents who have been impacted by lung cancer and also turning Indiana turquoise during National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 6-12).

During the week, the Lung Association is celebrating locals who have been impacted by lung cancer, including Courtney Cole, Lydia Johnson and Wendi D. Haley.

  • Courtney Cole: Cole is an active adult who competed in triathlons and completed a marathon just three weeks before her lung cancer diagnosis. On February 12, 2014, she went to the emergency room because of severe pain in her shoulder. After several tests, the stage 3 lung cancer diagnosis came a shock to the otherwise healthy woman. The diagnosis was followed with 12 weeks of chemotherapy, 28 treatments of radiation and daily medications. Today, she is still fighting lung cancer, but works to keep a normal routine for her two children.
  • Lydia Johnson: Two years ago, Johnson was diagnosed with stage 3 adenocarcinoma of the lung. After receiving the latest treatment at a top notch hospital, Johnson realized the importance of treatments being tailored to specific types of cancers. She is committed to raising funds for early detection and advancements in research.
  • Wendi D. Haley: In 2014, Haley’s mother was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. Over the next two years, she served as one of several caregivers to her mother while she endured chemotherapy and radiation, including brain radiation. Through all of her treatments, Haley’s mother never missed special events, trips and holidays with her family. After a final trip to visit family her health declined and entered home hospice care in June 2016. She passed away in August 2016.

In addition, the Indianapolis Power and Light as well as other Indianapolis buildings will be illuminated in turquoise, the signature color of LUNG FORCE. During the week, there also will be several events and fundraising campaigns, including:

  • LUNG FORCE Glam: The Lung Association is hosting a LUNG FORCE Glam! Luncheon on Friday, May 11 at Conrad Indianapolis. During the event, LUNG FORCE Impact Award nominees will share their stories of hope and strength to fight lung disease. The luncheon also includes a red carpet entrance, a fashion show featuring models impacted by lung disease and inspiring speeches. Learn more about the LUNG FORCE Glam and Impact Award here.
  • 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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