LUNG FORCE Giving Day Aims to Raise Funds for Critical Lung Cancer Research

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Grammy Award-winning singer Patti LaBelle is sharing her powerful voice to help educate about lung cancer and to ask for help during LUNG FORCE Giving Day. Cancer Treatment Centers of America® will match every gift, dollar for dollar up to $100,000 to support the 100,000 women diagnosed with lung cancer each year; learn more at LUNGFORCEDay.org.

Lung cancer has almost doubled among women since 1975… It’s our hope that today’s Giving Day will bring us closer to defeating lung cancer. – Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association

Today, the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE national initiative is encouraging Americans to support critical lung cancer research by participating in LUNG FORCE Giving Day.

Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women, killing almost twice as many women as any other cancer, yet only 1 percent of women have it on their health radar. On any given day, 289 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer. And on that day, their lives – and the lives of the people who love them – will be dramatically changed forever. Grammy Award-winning singer Patti LaBelle, knows this only too well. She lost two of her sisters to lung cancer in their early 40s. Patti is sharing her powerful voice to help educate about lung cancer and to ask for help.

“Like my sisters, most lung cancer cases are diagnosed too late, when treatment options are limited. More lung cancer research is needed to make a difference,” said LaBelle. “That’s why your donations can help support critical lung cancer research and education.”

Only 17 percent of lung cancer cases among women are diagnosed early when the disease is most treatable. More personalized treatment options and early detection methods are needed to help the more than 100,000 women who will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year.

A donation supports the Lung Association’s investment in lung cancer research and public health promotion of information on early detection, clinical trials, biomarker testing and the need for more federal research funding. On one day – November 17 – you can change lives for the better by participating in LUNG FORCE Giving Day. Now is the time to learn more about this disease and help us defeat lung cancer and support the health of our mothers, daughters, sisters and loved ones. While anyone can get lung cancer, we can all help by making a donation to support research and save lives.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® will match every gift, dollar for dollar up to $100,000 to support the 100,000 women diagnosed with lung cancer each year. Supporters can donate and share their voice at LUNGFORCEDay.org.

“Lung cancer has almost doubled among women since 1975,” said Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “It affects our mothers, daughters, sisters and loved ones at any age, across every ethnicity. The Lung Association has invested $6.49 million in research in 2015-2016, more than doubled its investment in lung cancer research, and it’s our hope that today’s Giving Day will bring us closer to defeating lung cancer.”

The Lung Association is asking Americans to share their voices in the fight against lung cancer. Visit LUNGFORCE.org to learn how to participate or share your voice on social media using the hashtag #ShareYourVoice and #LUNGFORCE. You can also join the conversation on the LUNG FORCE Facebook page (Facebook.com/LUNGFORCE) and follow LUNG FORCE on Twitter (Twitter.com/LUNGFORCE).

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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 research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit the newly redesigned website: Lung.org.

About LUNG FORCE
LUNG FORCE is a new national movement led by the American Lung Association to unite women against lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women. LUNG FORCE has three priorities: 1) Make lung cancer a cause that people care about – and act on; 2) Educate and empower patients and healthcare providers and 3) Raise critical funds for lung cancer research. The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE is nationally presented by CVS Health. Find out more at LUNGFORCE.org.

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., is a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer. CTCA® offers an integrative approach to care that combines advancements in genomic testing and precision cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy, with evidence-based complementary therapies that support patients physically and emotionally, enhancing their quality of life while reducing side effects both during and after treatment. CTCA serves patients from around the world at its hospitals in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Consistently rated among U.S. hospitals that deliver the highest quality of care and patient experience, CTCA provides patients and their families with comprehensive information about their treatment options and encourages their active participation in treatment decisions. For more information, visit cancercenter.com, Facebook.com/cancercenter and Twitter.com/cancercenter.

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