Pennsylvania Residents Join 5th annual LUNG FORCE Walk to Support Lung Cancer Patients, Raise Funds for Lung Cancer Research During Lung Cancer Awareness Month
American Lung Association event at Harrisburg’s City Island supports LUNG FORCE, a nationwide initiative addressing lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer in U.S.
(October 5, 2018) - HARRISBURG, Pa.
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On Saturday, November 3, 2018 the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania will host its 5th annual LUNG FORCE Walk to support lung cancer patients. 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. Exciting activities for families this year include Trunk-or-Treat, a Kids Zone featuring pumpkin and face painting, vendors, raffle items, food trucks and more!
“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of men and women in America, but alarmingly few see lung cancer as a threat to them personally,” said Dan Green, Division Vice President, Development, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. “The reality is that anyone can get lung cancer, yet lung cancer has been in the shadows for decades. This simply must change. We invite everyone in the Susquehanna Valley to join us and rally with friends, neighbors and colleagues to raise our voices together against lung cancer.”
Registration for the LUNG FORCE Walk in Harrisburg opens at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m. on City Island, located on 245 Championship Way. This year’s special guest is 5-year lung cancer survivor and LUNG FORCE Hero Martha Martin, who lost her grandfather and sister to lung cancer. A former smoker for more than 30 years, Martha was finally able to quit with help from the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking program.
“The lung cancer diagnoses changed my family’s life forever,” said Martha Martin, LUNG FORCE Hero, Gettysburg. “I share my story and walk to not only honor my grandfather and my sister, but also to help raise awareness of early detection and lung cancer screening.”
Joining Martha is double lung transplant patient and lung cancer survivor Steve Davis of Camp Hill, who will be walking to honor the 20-year-old donor whose lungs he carries.
In conjunction with Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, the Lung Association conducts its Lung Health Barometer survey. Findings reveal awareness of lung cancer and the lifesaving potential of lung cancer screening is critically low. With the Saved By The Scan campaign, the Lung Association is raising awareness about lung cancer and the new availability of lifesaving lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan - a powerful tool to diagnose lung cancer at an early stage, when it is much more likely to be curable. Screening is recommended for those considered at high risk for lung cancer. An estimated 9 million Americans are eligible, and if only half of those at high risk were screened, more than 15,000 lives could be saved.
According to the Lung’s Association’s State of Lung Cancer report, in 2018 there will more than 10,470 people in Pennsylvania diagnosed with lung cancer and 7,280 will succumb to the deadly disease. The American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative was created to help defeat lung cancer and give hope to families facing this diagnosis.
LUNG FORCE Walks not only raise awareness, but also raise funds for lifesaving research.
The American Lung Association is funding more than $6.6 million for research during its 2017-2018 fiscal year, which includes 72 novel and innovative lung disease research grants, plus funding for the Airways Clinical Research Centers.
“By funding more than $6.6 million in promising research this fiscal year, the American Lung Association is investing in a healthier future for Americans, including the 32 million individuals who live with a chronic lung disease,” Green said.
The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania offers several resources for individuals and families that have been impacted 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.
The Lung Association in Pennsylvania would like to thank the sponsors of the Walk: Enterprise, Grudi Associates, First National Bank, UPMC Pinnacle, Artistic Imprints, and the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg. A special thank you to WGAL and Reporter/Anchor Danielle Woods for serving as the Master of Ceremonies for the walk this year.
Martha Martin and Steve Davis are available for media interviews. To schedule an interview or cover the event, please contact Communications Director Ewa Dworakowski at [email protected] or call 717-971-1123, 717-503-3903.
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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