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LUNG FORCE Expo to Deliver Vital Lung Disease Information to Health Experts, Patients in Iowa

(February 15, 2018) -

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James Martinez
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Today, the American Lung Association in Iowa announced that lung health experts will gather in Des Moines on May 9, 2018 for the LUNG FORCE Expo.

“In Iowa, there are more than 325,000 people who suffer from a form of lung disease,” said Micki Sandquist, Executive Director for the Lung Association in Iowa. “That’s why these Expos are more important than ever to communicate new treatments, help people live better with lung disease and share the newest research.”

The LUNG FORCE Expo is a program designed for healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, and other lung diseases.

For Jean Rommes, PhD, who is a patient advocate, the LUNG FORCE Expo is a chance to learn about the latest advances in lung disease treatment, as well as network with other patients and doctors.

“It’s a good chance to meet new people and professionals, to see who the ‘up and coming stars’ are in Iowa and the Midwest, to see patients in a setting other than a hospital, to learn about new treatments and techniques, or to have that ‘light bulb moment’ about something you knew, but never really appreciated until now,” said Rommes.

For healthcare professionals, this conference provides vital information for them to care for patients with lung disease and lung cancer.

“I attend the Lung Force Expo because I believe knowledge is power,” said Gina Mandernach, Registered Nurse and Oncology Certified Nurse at John Stoddard Cancer Center-UnityPoint Health. “I’m impressed by how the LUNG FORCE Expo meets the needs of both patients and health care professionals. Patients become educated on their diseases and resources available. Health care professionals learn about the latest in lung cancer and lung disease, which ultimately leads to better patient care and outcomes.”

Healthcare professionals as well as patients living with lung disease or lung cancer are invited to attend the event on May 9. Registration is now open. To learn more and to register visit the LUNG FORCE Expo website or call 515.309.9507.


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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