Bridgewater Residents Join LUNG FORCE Walk to Support Lung Cancer Patients, Raise Funds for Lung Cancer Research
American Lung Association event at Duke Island Park supports LUNG FORCE, a nationwide initiative addressing lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer in U.S.
(April 16, 2018) - Bridgewater, NJ
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The American Lung Association in New Jersey will host the 4th annual LUNG FORCE Walk to support lung cancer patients and raise awareness to lung cancer screening and early detection. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both women and men in America, and the American Lung Association’s nationwide LUNG FORCE initiative seeks to make lung cancer a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.
The Walk will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater. The event will bring together advocates for lung cancer, asthma, COPD and other chronic lung diseases to raise critical funds and awareness. Join us as we walk together at one of the most beautiful parks in Central Jersey. Truly an “island” the 338-acre park is traversed by the historic Raritan Power Canal. Travel along a picturesque river trail to raise awareness and funds to defeat lung cancer and raise our voices for lung health. Enjoy a post walk picnic following the walk route.
“While we have seen some advancements in lung cancer treatment options and a new method of early detection, the burden of lung cancer is not the same everywhere,” said Dan Green, Vice President of Development, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. “Treatment, exposure to risk factors, and access to screening facilities vary from state to state, and New Jersey’s leaders must do more to act and implement proven policies to reduce the deadly toll of lung cancer.”
Participants will also be able to learn about the Saved by the Scan campaign, “Through this campaign, we hope to empower and motivate former and current smokers to advocate for themselves and learn more about whether lung cancer screening is right for them. We have a powerful opportunity to save lives with the new availability of screening for those at high risk, and I hope that this campaign will build conversations in communities throughout New Jersey about screening and encourage action,” Green added.
“Even though women are twice as likely to die from lung cancer than breast cancer, the National Cancer Institute funds more than two times the amount of research dollars for breast cancer research than lung cancer research. This is why the American Lung Association is so important,” said Sharon R. Pine, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, The State University of New Jersey. “As we come together for the LUNG FORCE Walk, we are not only raising awareness about lung cancer, we are making a real difference by funding cutting-edge lung cancer research across New Jersey and the United States.”
Become a Team Captain to create your own team or become a member of an existing team. If you cannot attend the Walk and want to raise funds and awareness, you can participate as a Virtual Walker. On the day of the event, everyone is encouraged to wear the signature color of LUNG FORCE, turquoise. All participants who raise or donate $100 or more will receive a turquoise official LUNG FORCE Walk T-Shirt the morning of the Walk.
According to the Lung Association’s first LUNG FORCE “State of Lung Cancer” report, there will be more than 5,870 people in New Jersey diagnosed with lung cancer and 3,670 will succumb to the deadly disease in 2018. More must be done to save lives. New Jersey ranks 16 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia with a lung cancer incidence of 59.4 per 100,000 people. With one of the lowest survival rates compared to other major cancers, early detection and treatment is key to saving lives. Locally and across the nation, LUNG FORCE educates and empowers patients and healthcare providers, and also raises critical funds for research into better early detection methods and targeted treatments for lung cancer.
The American Lung Association in New Jersey offers several resources for individuals and families who have been affected by lung cancer. Anyone seeking help can visit LUNGFORCE.org or call the Lung Association’s toll-free Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA for information, resources and support services. Visit Lung.org/lung-cancer for comprehensive education and support developed specifically for lung cancer patients and caregivers.
This year, the New Jersey LUNG FORCE Walk is nationally sponsored by: CVSHealth, Abbvie and Kindred Healthcare. Thank you to our local sponsors: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, RWJBarnabas Health, Merck, GSK and CareOne.
Media is invited to attend and cover the event. Please contact the American Lung Association in New Jersey Communications Director Ewa Dworakowski at [email protected] or call 717-971-1123, 717-503-3903.
About the American Lung Association in New Jersey
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 Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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