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Former Team USA Hockey Player Trades Skates for Stilettos

(April 30, 2018) -

For more information please contact:

James Martinez
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(312) 445-2501

Local hockey player and lung cancer survivor Rachael Malmberg will trade her hockey skates for stilettoes to help raise awareness for lung cancer as the keynote speaker for the LUNG FORCE Oxygen Ball on May 11, the American Lung Association announced today.

Malmberg was just 31 when she found out she had stage 4 lung cancer. As a former collegiate hockey player and member of the USA Women’s National Team, the diagnosis came as a shock.

“On April 21, 2017 my world flipped upside down when I was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma with metastasis to the brain and lymph. With little to no symptoms I believed it was stage 1,” said Malmberg. “Well, little to my surprise I am much farther along, but what's a number? To me a number is only the level of fight and the desire you hold to take that fight on.”

Since the cancer had spread to the brain and lymph nodes, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. In August, she had part of her right lung and lymph nodes in her chest removed and is currently on a targeted therapy.

“I am beginning my new life's work by partnering with the Lung Association to raise awareness, find a cure and bring about change! I believe every battle is worth smiling for and I hope through awareness we can bring change and a cure,” she said.

Malmberg is the keynote speaker at the Oxygen Ball, which is held during National Women’s Lung Health Week, an annual observance from May 6 – 12. The event is held at International Square Marketplace, and will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, plated dinner, inspirational speakers, a live band and more. Almost 90 cents of every dollar raised will go to the Lung Association’s programs and services, including research, advocacy and public health education.

Tickets, table reservations and sponsorships for the 2018 Oxygen Ball are currently available online or by calling the Lung Association in Minnesota at 651-227-8014.


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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