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TO HEALTH, MEDICAL, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:
LUNGevity Heroes Program to Celebrate Advocates in the Fight Against
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
For more information on the LUNGevity Foundation, please visit
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
SOURCE LUNGevity Foundation
/CONTACT: Aliza Bran, (202) 414-0798, email@example.com
/Web Site: http://www.lungevity.org
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