Doug Kammerer Chosen as First LUNGevity Hero



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TO HEALTH, MEDICAL, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

LUNGevity Heroes Program to Celebrate Advocates in the Fight Against

Lung Cancer

WASHINGTON , March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The LUNGevity

Foundation announces the LUNGevity Heroes program, a monthly honor

recognizing individuals or organizations whose advocacy or research is

making a difference in the fight against lung cancer. The top cancer

killer in the United States, lung cancer, can affect anyone,

regardless of smoking history, gender, or ethnicity, but remains

underfunded and overlooked. LUNGevity Heroes advance the fight against

lung cancer, serving as vocal advocates to spread awareness of the

disease, carrying out groundbreaking research on early detection and

treatment methods, and inspiring the community with powerful stories

of survival or support.

NBC4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer has shone the spotlight of

public attention on lung cancer, using his post as NBC reporter to

extend awareness of LUNGevity's mission and actions to a much larger

audience via broadcast and social media. Doug very often serves as the

public face of LUNGevity and for three years has emceed Breathe Deep

DC, the Washington, DC-based 5k walk, encouraging participation and

general awareness. Inspired to work with LUNGevity after lung cancer

affected his own family, Doug has become a strong supporter, creating

visibility for LUNGevity at NBC events, including the Health & Fitness

Expo where he led the LUNGevity walk for two years. His involvement

through social media in conjunction with LUNGevity's activities and

the resources it offers has been extremely effective at getting the

word out throughout the greater metropolitan Washington area. This has

resulted in newly diagnosed lung cancer patients and their families

becoming aware of LUNGevity as a resource. At the 2012 Musical

Celebration of Hope Gala, LUNGevity honored Doug for his contribution

to the fight against lung cancer. For more on NBC4 Chief Meteorologist

Doug Kammerer, visit LUNGevity Hero's Spotlight at

http://blog.lungevity.org.

For more information on the LUNGevity Foundation, please visit

www.LUNGevity.org .

About Lung Cancer

-- 1 in 14 Americans is diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime.

-- About 60 percent of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people

who have never smoked or are former smokers.

-- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, regardless of

gender or ethnicity.

-- Lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as breast cancer and

more than three times as many men as prostate cancer.

-- Only 16 percent of all people diagnosed with lung cancer will

survive 5 years or more, but if it's caught before it spreads, the

chance for 5-year survival improves to 52 percent.

About LUNGevity Foundation LUNGevity Foundation is firmly committed to

making an immediate impact on increasing quality of life and

survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into

early detection and more effective treatments, as well as by providing

community, support, and education for all those affected by the

disease. Our vision is a world where no one dies of lung cancer. For

more information about LUNGevity Foundation, please visit

www.LUNGevity.org.

SOURCE LUNGevity Foundation

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/CONTACT: Aliza Bran, (202) 414-0798, abran@susandavis.com

/Web Site: http://www.lungevity.org

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