Hey Oklahoma City, Wear Turquoise on May 9: Help Us Save Lives

Lung Association turns Oklahoma City turquoise to raise awareness, help end lung cancer
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; Paycom Center; Bricktown Fountain; Hefner Lighthouse; Compass Rose; Skydance Bridge; Crystal Bridge in Myriad Gardens, the iconic Pops Bottle on Route 66, Oklahoma Heart Hospital (both North and South locations), the Oklahoma City Convention Center, and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. In addition, OKC Fire Stations are wearing and selling turquoise hats for the month in support. Also, 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.
  • Friday, May 12th, A Turquoise Picnic in the Park will take place at 11:30AM. Join the Lung Association at Kerr Park in downtown OKC for lunch provided by Jersey Mike's Subs and learn more about the Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative.
“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:
  1. Get screened for lung cancer if eligible
  2. Test your home for radon
  3. Donate to help achieve a world free of 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.
For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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