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Local Healthcare Exec Joins Fight Against Lung Cancer

Dr. Vesta Sandoval of Lovelace Health System to lead corporate sponsorships, recruitment for LUNG FORCE Walk

(May 20, 2019) - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

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Today, the American Lung Association in New Mexico announced that Vesta Sandoval, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Lovelace Health System, will be the corporate chair of the 2019 LUNG FORCE Walk in Albuquerque.

"As a physician, I see firsthand how many people are affected by lung cancer, especially in women. I also know that we are sorely lacking research funding for this disease. That's why I'm joining the Lung Association in the fight against lung cancer through the LUNG FORCE Walk," said Dr. Sandoval. "I'm honored to play a role and look forward to bringing other organizations to bring awareness and fight against this deadly disease."

A part of LUNG FORCE, a national initiative, the Albuquerque Walk brings friends, family and coworkers together to raise awareness and research funds for lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in America. Dr. Sandoval's responsibilities as corporate chair will be recruiting company participation and sponsorship in addition to promoting the event and spreading its purpose.

"We are excited to have Dr. Sandoval and Lovelace Health System as a partner in our fight against the number one cancer killer of Americans," said Terry Huertaz, executive director of the American Lung Association in New Mexico. "When local leaders and businesses join forces with the community, great things happen and we hope that in this instance we can raise life-saving research funding."

Named a Top Doc by ABQ the Magazine in 2012, Dr. Sandoval served as past Chief of Staff at Lovelace Medical Center, Chair of the Ethics Committee, and served as chair or member of Critical Care, Stroke, Peer Review and Credentials Committees. She also served as the Director of the intensive care unit (ICU) and Director of Respiratory services for Lovelace Westside Hospital, Lovelace Women's Hospital and Lovelace Medical Center. She is now Vice President of the Lovelace Medical Center hospital board of directors and serves on the Board of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association.
Dr. Sandoval was born and raised in New Mexico, graduating from Los Lunas High School and attended college on a basketball scholarship.

The Albuquerque LUNG FORCE Walk will take place on Saturday, November 16, at Hoffmantown Church, walking around the Albuquerque Academy Walking trail. To learn more and register, visit:


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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