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MEDIA ALERT: 5th Grade students in Lancaster County launch special project to end stigma of lung cancer after teacher is diagnosed with lung cancer

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month; most people don’t know anyone can get lung cancer; American Lung Association states

Interviews with teachers, students available upon request contact [email protected]

(November 1, 2018) - MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, Penn.

WHAT: After hearing about local teacher Heidi Marshall’s lung cancer diagnosis, students in a 5th grade class at Landis Run Intermediate School, in the Manheim Township School District, decided to help end the stigma surrounding lung cancer, because they also found out their teacher had never smoked. After starting to do some research they realized that no one deserves lung cancer and it’s important to help end stigma.
The class is working with the American Lung Association to gather data and statistics, and will create several new digital posters and social media campaigns about lung cancer stigma, including a :15 and :30 second PSA to further educate and raise awareness.

WHERE: Landis Run Intermediate School, Manheim Township School District, 25 Blue Streak Blvd, Lancaster, PA 17601

WHEN: November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month

WHO:
            Beth Faehling’s 5th Grade Class at Landis Run Intermediate School
Heidi Marshall, diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago, Landis Run teacher

HOW: Media interested in interviews, please contact Eastern Division Communications Director Ewa Dworakowski at [email protected] or by calling 717-503-3903.

WHY: November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Anyone can get lung cancer. About two thirds of lung cancer diagnoses are in never smokers and former smokers. While smoking is the major cause of lung cancer, never smokers and people who have quit also get lung cancer. Lung cancer stigma negatively affects every facet of the lung cancer experience. It impacts lung cancer awareness, funding and support available to patients. The American Lung Association is committed to understanding stigma and taking steps to address it. Through our research, we’ve developed guidelines for addressing stigma and messaging that helps reduce stigma and unite the lung cancer community. As efforts to reduce the stigma associated with lung cancer move forward, everyone has a role to play. Learn more about stigma and lung cancer and how you can take steps to address it at www.Lung.org .

* If you would like to help support the American Lung Association's mission: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, consider participating in the Extraordinary Give; Lancaster County's Largest Day of Giving by visiting:

https://www.extragive.org/organizations/american-lung-association-in-pennsylvania .

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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 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: Lung.org.

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