The American Lung Association in Colorado and Miss Colorado Savannah Cavanaugh announced today a partnership to help address youth vaping and lung health in Colorado.
“Colorado youth vaping is twice the national average, and it continues to grow at an alarming rate,” said Cavanaugh. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to call attention to this issue and to lend my support to the Lung Association to help curb this growing epidemic in any way that I can.”
Lung health hits close to home for Cavanaugh. She lost her grandfather to lung cancer in 2001.
“I lost my grandpa when I was just 4-years-old to stage 4 lung cancer. It is my wish that no person ever has to deal with the pain and suffering my grandpa and my family went through that comes with such a preventable disease and that no person has their life cut short by the end of a cigarette,” said Cavanaugh.
As part of her efforts with the Lung Association, she will fundraise with a team that will participate in the Lung Association’s annual Run the Rocks 5k/10k, presented by Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, to be held at the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre on Sunday, October 9th. This long-standing tradition supports the 773,000 Coloradans living with lung disease.
She will also participate in school community events, Denver Vert, the Lung Association’s An Affair for Air Gala and the Fight For Air Climb in 2023.
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.