This November for Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Jacksonville lung cancer survivors will come together to raise awareness for life-saving lung cancer screening through the American Lung Association’s new “Survivor Squad” at their annual LUNG FORCE Run/Walk.
For the new “Survivor Squad,” the Lung Association will honor local lung cancer survivors and raise awareness for the availability of and need for lung cancer screening and treatment in the Greater Jacksonville area. The organization is working with local hospitals and screening centers to nominate people for the “Survivor Squad,” but is also asking for nominations from the public.
“Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both women and men in the U.S. One reason the disease is so deadly is because, until recently, most lung cancers were caught at a later stage. Fortunately, there is a lung cancer screening available that can help find lung cancer earlier, when it is more treatable,” said Bethany Webb, development manager for the Lung Association. “If we can change the narrative about lung cancer by highlighting those who benefit from early detection and treatment, we may literally save lives while also inspiring hope.”
For more information, and to nominate someone for the “Survivor Squad,” contact Bethany Webb at [email protected].
The “Survivor Squad” will be recognized at the annual LUNG FORCE Run Walk, happening virtually from November 1-30. For the event, participants can complete their 5k run or walk when and where they choose during the month. On top of the 5k run/walk, the event will include a kick-off celebration on November 3, team and individual challenges, and activities each week throughout November. Registration for the LUNG FORCE Run/Walk is $25. Learn more and register at LUNGFORCE.org/Jacksonville.
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 Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.