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Hundreds of Kansas Citizens to Gather for Latest on #1 Cancer Killer in US

Double-lung transplant survivor to give his inspiring story, @ LUNG FORCE Expo, May 4th

(May 2, 2017) -

For more information please contact:

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

OVERLAND PARK, KS – More than 200,000 Americans this year will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and half of them will die.

That’s why the American Lung Association in Kansas and Greater Kansas City is proud to host the 2017 LUNG FORCE Expo, to save lives. The event will feature the latest trends, resources and research on lung health for patients and professionals, and will take place Thursday, May 4, at Overland Park Convention Center (6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211). 

Lung disease patients and professionals from Missouri and Kansas will gather to watch speakers from a variety of fields present the latest medical based research on lung disease. Topics for professionals run the gamut; from the effects of e-cigarettes on lung health to advancements in bronchoscopy. Patients can learn about: at home sleep studies, the emotional tolls of lung disease, and more.

The keynote speaker is Len Geiger. He will tell his inspiring story of being a double‐transplant survivor at the luncheon presentation. His shortness of breath led to liver disease and ultimately to a double-lung transplant, but within weeks he was cycling, running and training for triathlons. Geiger was diagnosed with alpha‐1 antitrypsin deficiency in 1994 when he was in his mid‐thirties. He received his double‐lung transplant in 2002 at the age of 43 from a 14‐year old donor. Now, Geiger competes in sprint triathlons and works as an advocate for alpha‐1 patients and bridges the gap between patients and doctors.

Ray will also be available for media interviews. Media representatives receive complimentary admission and can RSVP by sending their contact information to Ashley Ray.  Registration is $100 for healthcare professionals and $10 for patients and caregivers. Registration is open online at or by calling (913) 353-9169.  

About the American Lung Association Kansas & Greater Kansas City
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 focuses 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 Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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