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The American Lung Association LUNG FORCE Heroes are lung cancer survivors, caretakers and anyone who is impacted by the number one cancer killer in the U.S.

Our LUNG FORCE Heroes share their stories to inspire, but are also active in fundraising for lifesaving research, supporting those impacted by lung disease and even traveling to Washington D.C. to help advocate for clean air.

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Nancy T.

Cancer was not new to Nancy T's family, but her heart still sank both times she was diagnosed. The first time was when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 49. Then nine years later she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her mother had died from breast cancer and her father had died from lung cancer, so she knew that she had a fight ahead.

"My birthday had just been a month before my diagnosis. My family had gathered to celebrate and both my oldest granddaughter and daughter-in-law had a cold. Within a few days, I had bronchitis. This was the only reason I ended up in a doctor's office with an X-ray machine looking into my lungs," said Nancy.

Nancy was diagnosed with lung cancer. As she navigated the many tests and treatments for her illness, her loved ones rallied around her.

"Family and friends reached out and offered loving gifts of support. Each person brought something so precious into my life and I learned to accept their gifts with the love they were intended to be. I know I am writing my story today because of them," she said.

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