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Lehigh Valley Residents Join LUNG FORCE Walk to Support Lung Cancer Patients, Raise Funds for Lung Cancer Research

American Lung Association event at Lehigh Parkway supports LUNG FORCE, a nationwide initiative addressing lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer in U.S.

(April 4, 2018) - ALLENTOWN, Penn.

For more information please contact:

Ewa Dworakowski
[email protected]
717-971-1123

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania will host the 4th annual LUNG FORCE Run/Walk to support lung cancer patients and raise awareness to lung cancer screening and early detection. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both women and men in America, and the American Lung Association’s nationwide LUNG FORCE initiative seeks to make lung cancer a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. The LUNG FORCE Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. at Lehigh Parkway Path in Allentown.

“According to the American Lung Association’s Lung Health Barometer awareness about the impact of lung cancer is critically low with only 41 percent of men compared to 28 percent of women being aware that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men and women,” said Dan Green, Vice President of Development, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic “The reality is that anyone can get lung cancer, yet lung cancer has been in the shadows for decades. This simply must change. We invite everyone in Pennsylvania to join us and rally with friends, neighbors and colleagues to raise our voices together against lung cancer.”

The Lung Association’s first LUNG FORCE “State of Lung Cancer” report, reveals that there will be more than 10,470 people in Pennsylvania diagnosed with lung cancer and 7,280 will succumb to the deadly disease in 2018. With one of the lowest survival rates compared to other major cancers, early detection and treatment is key to saving lives. So locally and across the nation, LUNG FORCE educates and empowers patients and healthcare providers, and also raises critical funds for research into better early detection methods and targeted treatments for lung cancer.

This LUNG FORCE event will bring together advocates for lung cancer, asthma, COPD and other chronic lung diseases to raise critical funds and awareness. This LUNG FORCE Run/Walk is 3 miles along the Lehigh Creek. Participants may choose to walk the shorter 1.6-mile LUNG FORCE Loop. If your family members or friends can’t join you on the walk or run, they’ll be able to relax in the LUNG FORCE Hero tent while they await your return. Prizes are awarded to runners and walkers who are top fundraisers, have the largest teams, among other categories.

Check-in and activities for the event begin at 8:30 a.m. and the opening ceremony will start at 10 a.m. at Lehigh Valley Parkway; the event location is near the Lehigh Valley Road Runners Clubhouse. There is no pre-registration fee for runners and walkers and all participants are encouraged to fundraise as an individual or with a participants. Those who fundraise will receive a commemorative LUNG FORCE Run/Walk t-shirt when they raise $100 or more. If you’re interested in raising funds, but can’t attend the walk, you can register as a Virtual Walker. For more information or to register, visit www.lungforce.org/walk or contact Kelsey Kichline at 610-268-9786 or [email protected].

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania offers several resources for individuals and families who have been affected by lung cancer. Anyone seeking help can visit LUNGFORCE.org or call the Lung Association’s toll-free Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA for information, resources and support services. Visit Lung.org/lung-cancer for comprehensive education and support developed specifically for lung cancer patients and caregivers.

This year, the Lehigh Valley LUNG FORCE Run/Walk is sponsored by CVS and Kindred Healthcare.

Media is invited to attend and cover the event. Please contact the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania Communications Director Ewa Dworakowski at [email protected] or call 717-971-1123, 717-503-3903.

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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 Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

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