Pull out your turquoise tie, scarf, socks or any other item next week Tuesday, May 9, to support the American Lung Association in Oklahoma’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, symbolic of clean air and breath. Here in Oklahoma City, the Lung Association is illuminating major landmarks and buildings turquoise, including: OMNI; Pay Comm Center; Bricktown Fountain; Heffner Lighthouse; Devon Tower; First National Center; Compass Rose; Botanical Marriot; I40 sculpture and Firehouse. In addition, the following events will be taking place:
Tuesday, May 9th, the Lung Association will be at the State Capitol with volunteers to meet with legislators and talk about lung cancer;
Thursday, May 11th, the OKC Mayor will be presenting a Turquoise Takeover Week proclamation in the name of lung health to the Lung Association board of directors and staff.
“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 Terri Bailey, Executive Director, of the Lung Association. “There are actions we can all take to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Oklahoma, 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 @americanlungok and/or use #LUNGFORCE.
Want to take it a step further? Here are some other steps people can take next week to 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.