This week the American Lung Association in Florida is turning Orlando turquoise to raise awareness of lung cancer and encourage residents to take action to end the disease.
The annual Lung Cancer Action Week and Turquoise Takeover celebration unites America to stand together against lung cancer. Each year, the organization turns the nation turquoise, the signature color of LUNG FORCE. Here in Orlando, the Lung Association is illuminating major landmarks and buildings turquoise, including Amway Center Spire, City Hall Fountain, Lake Eola Fountain and the Tower of Light.
This year’s initiative will culminate in Orlando over the weekend with the annual LUNG FORCE Run/Walk, Presented by Eddie Fisher Wealth Strategies of Raymond James on May 13 at Baldwin Park’s Harbor View Park. All athletic levels are welcome to join us for this 5K and run, walk or stroll by the beautiful Lake Baldwin. Plan for an entertaining morning, including the 501st Legion Star Wars characters, DJ, and more! This Run/Walk provides hope and inspiration for all impacted by lung cancer and lung disease. Visit www.LUNGFORCE.org/Orlando to donate and for additional information.
“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, which have resulted in more than 50 new lung cancer treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2016,” said Eddie Fisher, Vice Chairman of the American Lung Association’s Local Leadership Board in Orlando. “There are actions we can all take to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Florida, so we ask you to join us.”
The American Lung Association shares six actions people can take this week to help in efforts to end lung cancer:
Thank you to AdventHealth, the Mission Sponsor of this year’s LUNG FORCE Run/Walk. Additional LUNG FORCE sponsors include Allergy Asthma Specialists, Florida Health, Just Breathe Salt Therapy, Hero Sponsor Orlando Health, Lindstrom CPA, Nemours Children’s Health, NeuroSkeletal Imaging, Orlando Credit Union, OUC and Trimedx. Special thanks to our official media partner, Star 94.5.
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.