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LUNG FORCE Expo Addresses Urgent Need for Lung Disease Education in Eastern Kentucky

(October 10, 2019) - PIKEVILLE, Kentucky

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Jill Thompson
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In Kentucky, more than 700,000 people live with lung disease including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and other respiratory issues. That’s why the American Lung Association in Kentucky announced today that it will host the LUNG FORCE Expo on November 22 at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville.

The LUNG FORCE Expo is designed for patients and healthcare professionals to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung diseases. Topics for this year’s event include lung cancer research in Appalachia, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, chronic disease management and more.

“Kentucky has some of the highest smoking rates and the highest lung cancer rates in the entire country, so our work here is more urgent than ever,” said Tami Cappelletti, RRT, health promotions specialist for the Lung Association. “We heard from our partners and constituents that there is an urgent need for more lung disease and lung cancer education in eastern Kentucky, which is why we moved our LUNG FORCE Expo to Pikeville this year. We look forward to connecting with the region to help everyone in Kentucky breathe a little easier.”

The event will feature some of the nation’s leading lung disease and lung cancer experts, including:

  • Former KY Governor Paul E. Patton
  • Timothy Mullett, MD, UK Healthcare Lexington
  • Richard Crespo, MD, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University

Healthcare professionals, as well as patients living with lung disease or lung cancer, and caregivers are invited to attend the event on November 22. The LUNG FORCE Expo Patient and Caregivers Program is at 11 a.m. and the Healthcare Professionals Program is at 8 a.m.

More information and registration are available on the LUNG FORCE Expo website.


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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