Pull out your turquoise tie, shirt, socks, earrings or any other item on Tuesday, May 9, to support the American Lung Association in Iowa’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, a color symbolizing clean air and breath.
Here in Des Moines, the Lung Association is illuminating major landmarks and buildings turquoise, including the Financial Center; plus it is partnering with several companies to have their staff wear turquoise.
“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 Micki Sandquist, Executive Director, Lung Association in Iowa. “There are actions we can all take to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Iowa, 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 tag #TurquoiseTakeover and/or #LUNGFORCE.
Here are some other ways people can 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, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.