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MEDIA ALERT - PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Hundreds to Walk at the Detroit Zoo to Call Attention to Lung Cancer, #1 Cancer Killer in the U.S.

American Lung Association to Celebrate Detroit’s fifth LUNG FORCE Walk

(September 10, 2018) - DETROIT

For more information please contact:

Gregg Tubbs
[email protected]
(202) 715-3469

WHAT: The LUNG FORCE Walk Detroit is a time to imagine a world free of lung disease and raise funds to support research so there can be better treatments and improved methods of early detection for lung cancer. The LUNG FORCE Walk promotes fitness and helps forge lasting connections between participants. Together, we are taking a stand on behalf of the 8,780 and men in Michigan that are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. Join the American Lung Association for their annual LUNG FORCE Walk, sponsored by CVS Health, Abbvie, Kindred Healthcare, Health Alliance Plan, Michigan Legacy Credit Union and Randy Wise Automotive Team.  

The event will raise funds for lung cancer research, particularly awareness about the high rate of lung cancer in women. Consider these facts:

  • Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women and men in the U.S.
  • Every 2½ minutes, a person in the U.S. is told she or he has lung cancer.
  • The rate of new lung cancer cases in women has almost doubled over the last 40 years.
  • Anyone can get lung cancer.

WHEN: Sunday, September 30. Registration opens at 7:30 AM with the event program festivities beginning at 8:30 AM and the walk beginning at 9 AM.

WHO: Five-year lung cancer survivor Debbie Pickworth will kick off the event
FOX 2 Detroit Anchor, Jessica Dupnack will be the LUNG FORCE Emcee

WHERE:  Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067

COST: Participation is free. However, LUNG FORCE Walk Detroit is a fundraising event and all participants are encouraged to raise donations to support research, early detection, advocacy, education and awareness for lung cancer.

ABOUT THE WALK ROUTE: The Walk with be led by more than 100 LUNG FORCE Heroes and led more than 1,000 participants and volunteers through the Detroit Zoo. Before and after the event, guests will also enjoy music, kids’ activities, lung health and advocacy information, and a chance to visit our sponsor and mission tents, and prize drawings in the main Pavilion Area.

ACTIVITIES: Team photos, dance warm-up and stretching with MoreFit before the walk starts; music withed by Michigan’s Best Entertainment; exhibitor and sponsor booth; lung health information, clean air advocacy, register for the LUNG FORCE Walk; prize drawings.


CONTACT: Maureen Rovas, 248.784.2018, [email protected].


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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