Pull out your turquoise tie, scarf, socks or any other item tomorrow, Tuesday, May 9, to support the American Lung Association in Ohio’s effort to call attention to the #1 cancer killer in the nation, lung cancer.
The annual Turquoise Takeover celebration unites America to stand together against lung cancer. Each year, the organization turns the nation turquoise, symbolic of clean air and breath. Here in Columbus, the Lung Association is illuminating the Dublin Pedestrian Bridge; the City of Columbus issued a proclamation in the name of lung health, and there will be a “Lunch & Learn” at The James.
“Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths among both women and men in our state, but there is hope. The five-year survival rate has increased by nearly 40% in the past decade thanks to improved early detection of the disease through lung cancer screening and advancements in research,” said Brittany Sinzinger, Executive Director, of the Lung Association. “There are actions we can all take to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Ohio, so we ask you to join us.”
To help join the effort, we ask the media and public to wear turquoise, take a photo and use #LUNGFORCE.
Want to take it a step further? Here are some other steps people can take next week to help our efforts to end lung cancer:
Since 2014, LUNG FORCE has raised over $26 million for lifesaving lung cancer research. Visit LUNGFORCE.org to learn how you can get involved during Lung Cancer Action Week and join the effort to defeat the disease.
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 education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.