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Over 2,500 Turnout for the LUNG FORCE Walk New York City Raising Nearly $300k for Lung Cancer Research

American Lung Association to Celebrates Survivors on 5th Annual LUNG FORCE Walk, NYC

(May 18, 2019) - NEW YORK

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Solomon
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(516) 680-8927

The Fifth Annual LUNG FORCE Walk in New York City kicked off today at Pier 16 of Manhattan's South Street Seaport with over 2,500 people in attendance. The 5k walk, along the path of the East River Greenway to the southern tip of Manhattan and back, raised nearly $300k for lung cancer research, advocacy and education. The opening program raised awareness for lung cancer, particularly awareness about the high rate of lung cancer in women, and other lung diseases like asthma and COPD.

"Today we closed out National Women's Lung Health Week with our biggest and best Lung Force Walk ever, with over 2500 people," said Carla Sterling, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in New York City. "We got to celebrate our lung cancer survivors and remember those who've we've lost to the disease, and we surrounded those going through it right now with love - and a reminder that they are not alone. We all left the Pier today with a renewed sense of hope - and a sense of strength. Together we can beat this disease."

LUNG FORCE walk participants at the starting line

Photos and Video of the event available by request: [email protected]

The event closed out a week of nationwide activity around National Women’s Lung Health Week. Landmarks all over the country, including One World Trade Center, lit up turquoise the signature color of LUNG FORCE movement. During National Women’s Lung Health Week, the Lung Association highlighted inspirational stories of LUNG FORCE Heroes, those whose lives have been impacted by lung cancer. One of the most moving moments of the event was when Team Moving Forward took to the stage to sing "Lean on Me" and other songs in memory of Tammy Bieber. Tammy passed away from lung cancer in 2017, in her early 50s. She was a LUNG FORCE hero from Bayside Queens, and her children and family carry on the walk tradition in her memory. More on her story here.

Lung Cancer is the number one killer of men and women in the U.S.. Most people don't know that every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is told that she has lung cancer - or that close to half of all women diagnosed with lung cancer will not even survive one year.  The five-year survival rate for women with lung cancer is only one in five.

One of the reasons the disease is so deadly is because only 18 percent of lung cancer cases among women are diagnosed early, when the disease is most curable. Women can arm themselves against lung cancer with information on risk factors and who might be eligible for screening. The Lung Association encourages everyone to learn about lung cancer and talk to their doctor if they are concerned about their risk.

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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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