11/4/2014 4:00:18 PM
In conjunction with Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, the American Lung Association in South Carolina will debut the LUNG FORCE Run/Walk Charleston 5K to raise awareness for the number one cancer killer of women.
According to the ALA’s inaugural Women’s Lung Health Barometer - a survey that measured women’s awareness, knowledge and perceptions about lung cancer - when asked to identify cancers that affect women, only 1 percent cited lung cancer on a top-of-mind basis.
“Despite its overwhelming impact, it is clear that too few women are aware that anyone can get lung cancer,” said Rebecca Balitsaris, ALA Area Director. “With greater education, advocacy and fundraising for research through LUNG FORCE, we are dedicated to increasing the investment in lung cancer research.”
LUNG FORCE launched earlier this year in partnership with National Presenting Sponsor CVS Health. The movement aims to unite women against lung cancer and for lung health, encouraging them to raise their voices for change. Through nationwide efforts, LUNG FORCE is making lung cancer in women a public health priority, driving policy change and increasing research funding.
The LUNG FORCE Run/Walk Charleston will honor those in the community affected by lung disease on Saturday, November 8th at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Advanced registration is available online at LUNGFORCE.org/runwalk through Friday, November 7th at 5:00pm. Late registration and packet pick-up start on Saturday at 8:00am, and the race will begin at 9:00am. An after party on the pier will follow with a complimentary breakfast provided by Locklear’s, music by Annalise, educational areas, and awards for top race performers and best turquoise attire.
The event is supported locally by sponsors including Roper St. Francis, Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, and Trident Health System.
The American Lung Association in South Carolina offers several resources for individuals and families that have been impacted by lung cancer and other lung diseases. Anyone seeking help can visit LUNGFORCE.org or call the Lung Association’s Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNG-USA.