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Local Lung Cancer Survivor Receives LUNG FORCE Impact Award

(May 16, 2018) -

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James Martinez
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Local business owner, mother and lung cancer survivor Courtney Cole has received the first-ever LUNG FORCE Impact Award, the American Lung Association in Indiana announced today.

Cole was one of three people who were nominated for the LUNG FORCE Impact Award, which was presented on May 11 at the LUNG FORCE Glam Luncheon. Through the nomination process, Cole raised more than $20,000 for the Lung Association to fund research, advocacy and education to fight lung disease.

On February 12, 2014, Cole went to the emergency room because of severe pain in her shoulder. After several tests, the stage 3 lung cancer diagnosis came a shock to the otherwise healthy woman. The diagnosis was followed with 12 weeks of chemotherapy, 28 treatments of radiation and daily medications. Today, she is still fighting lung cancer, but works to keep a normal routine for her two children, and just sold the local business she co-owned and operated with her sister, Monica. She also fights to raise awareness for lung cancer through her work with the Lung Association in Indiana.

“Courtney’s strength, positivity and perseverance through her battle with lung cancer has inspired so many people throughout Indianapolis and across the state,” said Tanya Husain, the executive director of the Lung Association in Indiana. “She has made it her mission to raise awareness for lung cancer and help raise money for increased lung cancer research funding so that no one else suffers from the disease.”

The luncheon also included a fashion show and inspiring speeches. Learn more about the LUNG FORCE Glam and Impact Award here.


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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