The American Lung Association in California will host its annual LUNG FORCE Walk on November 3rd to support the nationwide initiative LUNG FORCE. Now in its fourth year, this initiative seeks to make lung cancer a public health priority, drive policy change, and increase research funding.
The annual LUNG FORCE walk is held during Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This fun-filled event includes our festival, games, music, and activities for the whole family. The Orange County LUNG FORCE Walk is proudly sponsored by O2 Relief, CVS Health, AbbVie, and Kindred Healthcare. The free event is pet friendly and open to the entire community. Participants are encouraged to wear turquoise in support of the nationwide LUNG FORCE movement to increase lung cancer awareness and screening.
“Each year I walk because I care. I have seen firsthand how lung disease affects the ones we love and care about. We are making progress but there is so much more to do,” said Richard Fischel, M.D., an Orange County thoracic surgeon and longtime American Lung Association volunteer. For all my friends, family, and patients, I will keep walking until I can no longer because I still want to make a difference,”.
In California, there are about 18,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed each year. With one of the lowest survival rates compared to other major cancers, early detection and treatment is key to saving lives. LUNG FORCE educates and empowers patients and healthcare providers locally and across the nation, and also raises critical funds for research into better detection and targeted treatments for lung cancer.
The American Lung Association in California offers several resources for individuals and families that have been impacted by lung cancer. Anyone seeking help can visit LUNGFORCE.org or call the Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Helpline at 1-800-LUNG-USA, which connects callers to information, resources and support services. Visit our website, http://Lung.org/lungcancer, for comprehensive education and support developed specifically for lung cancer patients and caregivers.
Advanced, free registration is available at http://LungForce.org/orangecounty
For more information, please contact Jared Bigman at 714-332-3276 or Jared.Bigman@lung.org.