Charlotte Residents Raise $73,000 to Help End Lung Cancer

Last night, more than 150 people enjoyed a spectacular evening at the Duke Mansion for the American Lung Association in North Carolina’s LUNG FORCE Turquoise Tasting. The event raised more than $73,000 to fund the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer.

Guests at the LUNG FORCE Turquoise Tasting enjoyed creative food and beverage pairings, a tempting silent auction that included dining experiences and exquisite jewelry, live music and other engaging interactive activities such as a putting green and a mystery raffle. 

“Thank you to all our guests, sponsors and LUNG FORCE Heroes who came together to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by lung disease and lung cancer,” said Jennifer Hall, executive director for the American Lung Association in North Carolina. “These past two years have presented incredible challenges for everyone, especially those living with lung disease and lung cancer. Last night was a memorable evening that provided tremendous support and hope to people living with lung disease and lung cancer.” 

Money raised at the Turquoise Tasting will support the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer by funding lung cancer research, raising awareness for lung cancer screening, helping people quit smoking, providing resources to people with lung cancer and more. The event will also fund the organization’s efforts to end lung disease and support the COVID-19 Action Initiative.

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the U.S. and here in North Carolina, it is estimated that 8,760 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2022, and 4,750 people will die from the disease. “Increasing awareness of lung cancer is key to securing research funding and can ultimately save lives,” said McCay Manwaring, LUNG FORCE Chair and Executive Director at Amgen. “We are proud to have raised over $73,000 to support this life-saving mission.”

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors Guardant Health and the Gibbs Family in Memory of Haywood Gibbs and all our local sponsors.

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