Elizabeth Moir, a Louisville mother-of-two who was diagnosed with lung cancer last year, will be recognized for her resilience at the 12th annual Breath of Fresh Air Bash on Saturday, October 31, at The Olmsted in Louisville. She will be presented with the esteemed American Lung Association LUNG FORCE Hero Award.
It was the day after Mother’s Day when Moir found out she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her lung problems began when she was 30 weeks pregnant with her second child. Severe lung pain sent her to the emergency room struggling to breathe. Doctors diagnosed her with pleuritic lung pain.
Then in April 2019, Moir went home for a quick bike workout and later coughed up blood. The doctor thought it was an infection, so they prescribed antibiotics. After a week of relief, the cough returned. She began a myriad of tests to determine the cause. She got the call on May 13, 2019 – it was lung cancer.
“I was shocked. I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t think it was cancer because I take pretty good care of myself,” said Moir.
Now, over a year after her diagnosis, she is driven by her desire to see her children (ages 2 and 4) learn and grow, so they can thrive in a world free from lung cancer.
“I want to raise awareness because I had no idea I could get lung cancer. I am a nonsmoker who has never been around secondhand smoke. When I went through the whole diagnosis process, everyone asked if I smoked. I feel like it is what we were taught. I had never heard that you don’t have to smoke to get lung cancer,” she said. “I like to think that if I had known, I would have caught it earlier.”
She will be recognized at the event, themed as “A Spooktacular Soiree,” where attendees will drive-in and participate in the ‘touchless’ event from their cars. This means they will view activities on a giant outdoor screen, check-in from their mobile device, drive-through to pick-up their meals and will participate in the live and silent auctions via mobile bidding.
The event takes place on Saturday, October 31 at the Olmsted in Louisville. Reserved parking at $150 per vehicle includes two boxed dinners and beverages (additional meals may be purchased), signature cocktails, and trick or treat bags for kids.
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, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.