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Every 5 Minutes an Oklahoma Woman is Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

(May 4, 2018) -

For more information please contact:

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 2,500 people in Oklahoma. To raise awareness of the number one cancer killer, the American Lung Association in Oklahoma is celebrating lung cancer survivors and also turning Oklahoma turquoise during National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 6-12).

During the week, the Lung Association is celebrating local LUNG FORCE Heroes, including Wendy Sparks, Sandi Jones and Pam Billings. 

  • Wendy Sparks, from Seminole, OK, lost her sister Nikki Steinman just seven months after she was diagnosed with a rare lung cancer. Steinman was only 38 years old. Sparks now devotes her free time to raising awareness about lung cancer and funds for life-saving research. 
  • Sandi Jones, from Oklahoma City, was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer in 2014 but is now in remission. Since her diagnosis, however, she lost her father and friend to lung cancer, and lost her mother to emphysema and COPD. She hopes to share her story and support fund raising events so that fewer families have to experience the loss from lung disease that her family has. 
  • Pam Billings, from Yukon, OK, is a proud lung cancer survivor. He was diagnosed in January 2013 and his sister was diagnosed in January 2014. They both had lung cancer at the same time, unfortunately she was already at stage 4 when she was diagnosed and they lost her in just months. Since she was diagnosed, 11 of his friends and family members died from the disease. 

In addition, Oklahoma Heart Hospital – North & South campuses and the Crystal Bridge will be illuminated in turquoise, the signature color of LUNG FORCE, and many other local businesses will encourage their employees to wear turquoise. On Friday, we will have a short get-together over the lunch period to celebrate Turquoise Takeover: 

  • LUNG FORCE Photo Opportunity: Wear your turquoise and join us on May 11th from 11:30am – 12:30pm at the Myriad Gardens for the first ever “Whoosh” photo. Joining us will be a deejay from BTP, firemen from station 1 with their fire rig, and lung cancer survivors. The photo will be taken at 11:45am. 
  • 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 LUNGFORCE.org

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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: Lung.org.

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