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Governor Proclaims “Women’s Lung Health Week”

PHOTO: The Wisconsin Governor's Executive Residence was illuminated in turquoise last night to observe the launch of Women's Lung Health Week in Wisconsin. (State of WI Photo)
PHOTO: The Wisconsin Governor's Executive Residence was illuminated in turquoise last night to observe the launch of Women's Lung Health Week in Wisconsin. (State of WI Photo)
May 14, 2014

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - In Milwaukee and 20 other cities across the nation last night, the American Lung Association launched a new initiative called "Lung Force."

Kim Lacina, director of communication and marketing for the Lung Association, said Lung Force represents a huge commitment.

"The mission is to make lung cancer history," she said. "Our goal is to unite women to stand together with a collective strength and determination to lead the fight against lung cancer and for lung health."

Lacina said the Lung Force event also will serve to launch another weeklong observation.

"Gov. Scott Walker is helping us proclaim the second week in May as National Women's Lung Health Week," she said, "and so this is a week every year that we are going to try to shine the light on lung cancer."

Many buildings across the nation were illuminated in turquoise last night to draw attention to the launch of Lung Force.

Lacina said lung cancer hits women very hard.

"Every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is told she has lung cancer," she said. "In fact, out of every four cancer deaths in the U.S. this year, one in four is going to be from lung cancer. It is the No. 1 cancer killer of women."

The Lung Force event in Milwaukee involved state dignitaries, lung cancer patients, survivors and caregivers specializing in lung cancer. After the ceremonies, Lacina said, buildings and landmarks across the nation were lit up in turquoise.

"Everything from Seattle's Century Field to Willis Tower in Chicago and the Wrigley Building there," she said. "We've got the top of the U.S. Bank in Milwaukee and the governor's residence in Madison. We've got Niagara Falls and just a lot of buildings in between."

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI