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Every 5 Minutes an Iowa Woman is Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

(May 8, 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 an estimated 2,000 people in Iowa. To raise awareness of the number one cancer killer, the American Lung Association in Iowa is highlighting lung cancer advocates and turning Iowa turquoise during National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 6-12).

During the week, the Lung Association is celebrating local advocates who have been impacted by lung cancer, including Sara Garcia who lost her mother to mother, Raelene, to lung cancer in 2013. After being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, her mother went through a three-year battle with the disease. In March, Garcia traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with elected officials to advocate for more lung cancer research funding.

In addition, The Financial Center and Earlham Bank (KeoWay Des Moines Location) 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 Expo: The Lung Association is hosting the LUNG FORCE Expo on Wednesday, May 9 at Hilton Garden Inn, where healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers will learn about the latest resources surrounding lung cancer. More information about the LUNG FORCE Expo is available 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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