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Phoenix Residents Join LUNG FORCE Walk to End Lung Cancer

(November 10, 2015) - PHOENIX, AZ

American Lung Association Event at Riverview Park Supports LUNG FORCE, a Nationwide Initiative Fighting Lung Cancer in Women

On Saturday, November 14, the American Lung Association in Arizona will host its annual LUNG FORCE Walk to support the nationwide initiative LUNG FORCE. Now in its second year, this initiative seeks to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. Lung cancer is the top cancer killer of both women and men in America.

The LUNG FORCE Walk-Phoenix, locally sponsored by Scottsdale Bullion and Coin, is a unique, festive event that will make a difference for lung cancer detection, research and cures. Registration and festivities, including  Team photos, kid zone with inflatables, lung heroes  tent with chair massages, Zumba before the walk starts, fun with local sports  team’s mascots, lung health information, clean air advocacy, prize drawings, awards, sponsor booths and more begin at 8:00 a.m.. The leisurely 5k walk through Mesa Riverview Park begins at 9:30 a.m.. Participation is free.

“Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in America, but alarmingly few women see lung cancer as a threat to them personally,” said Julie Reid, Executive Director, of the American Lung Association in Arizona. “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 Phoenix to join us and rally with friends, neighbors and colleagues to raise our voices together against lung cancer.”

According to the Lung Association's Women's Lung Health Barometer, current awareness about the impact of lung cancer in women is extremely low. Even though lung cancer has long been the #1 cancer killer of women, only 1 percent of women named the disease as a cancer that is top-of-mind for them.

Here in Arizona about 1821 women are diagnosed with lung cancer each year, and another1889 lose their lives to the disease. Statistics show that, on average, fewer than half of all women with lung cancer will be alive one year after diagnosis. With one of the lowest survival rates compared to other major cancers, early detection and treatment is key to saving lives. So locally and across the nation, LUNG FORCE educates and empowers patients and healthcare providers, and also raises critical funds for research into better detection and targeted treatments for lung cancer. 

The American Lung Association in Arizona offers several resources for individuals and families that have been impacted by lung cancer. Anyone seeking help can visit or call the Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Helpline at 1-800-LUNG-USA, which connects callers to information, resources and support services. Visit our website,, for comprehensive education and support developed specifically for lung cancer patients and caregivers.

CONTACT: Sharon Brooks  | American Lung Association in Arizona
P: 602-258-7505 
E: [email protected] 


About the American Lung Association in Arizona 

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 the newly redesigned website:


LUNG FORCE is a new national movement led by the American Lung Association to unite women against lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women. LUNG FORCE has three priorities: 1) Make lung cancer a cause that people care about – and act on; 2) Educate and empower patients and healthcare providers and 3) Raise critical funds for lung cancer research. The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE is nationally presented by CVS Health. Find out more at

About The 2015 Women's Lung Health Barometer

The 2015 Women's Lung Health Barometer was fielded online by Edelman Berland in May 15 – 27, 2015 and included 1,338 women in the U.S., ages 18+. The data was weighted to be nationally representative on age, region and race/ethnicity. The margin of error is ±2.7%. Edelman Berland is a global, full-service market research firm that provides corporate, non-profit and government clients with strategic intelligence to make their communications and engagements with stakeholders the smartest they can be. The firm specializes in qualitative and quantitative research, measurement, tracking and analysis in reputation, branding and communications. Edelman Berland is part of Edelman, the world's largest public relations company. For more information, please visit Edelman Berland: Intelligent Engagement.

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