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Pennsylvania Residents Join 5th LUNG FORCE Walk to Support Lung Cancer Patients, Raise Funds for Lung Cancer Research

American Lung Association event at South Side Marina supports LUNG FORCE, a nationwide initiative addressing lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer in U.S.

(October 27, 2018) - PITTSBURGH

On Saturday, October 27, 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 Lung Association’s nationwide LUNG FORCE initiative seeks to make lung cancer a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.

“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 Pittsburgh and surrounding areas to join us and rally with friends, neighbors and colleagues to raise our voices together against lung cancer.”

This year’s LUNG FORCE Walk in Pittsburgh will start at 10 a.m. at the South Side Marina located on
2611 South Water Street. Special guest and LUNG FORCE Hero Katie Cain, who lost her mother to lung cancer in 2016, will share her story at the Walk.

“My mom lost her fight, finally getting the rest and peace she deserved,” said Katie Cain, LUNG FORCE Hero. “Her absence echoes through our lives, but so does the joy she brought to everything she did. Her family was her greatest pride, so we walk to honor her. We walk to keep her with us. We walk to make her proud.”

In conjunction with Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which is recognized each 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 following Walk sponsors:
UPMC
Allegheny Health Network
Lifecare Hospitals of Pittsburgh

Katie Cain is available for interviews prior to and during the LUNG FORCE Walk. To schedule an interview or cover the event, please contact the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania Communications Director, Ewa Dworakowski at [email protected] or 717-971-1123, 717-503-3903 (cell).

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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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