To raise awareness and funds to support the battle against lung cancer in women, actress and author Valerie Harper, Emmy-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel, Grammy-nominated country music star Kellie Pickler, and Mackena Bell are teaming up with the Lung Force, the American Lung Association‘s movement to unite women against the disease.
Each celebrity is launching an online fundraising team where people can enter, register and fundraise money against lung cancer.
Lung cancer kills more women than any other type of cancer, however, it is a disease that isn’t on women’s radar, according to the American Lung Association’s inaugural Women’s Lung Health Barometer. According to the survey, only 1 percent of women are aware of how deadly lung cancer is in the female population.
“Despite its overwhelming impact, it is clear that too few women are aware that anyone can get lung cancer,” said Harold Wimmer, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association in a press release. “With greater awareness, through Lung Force, we are dedicated to increasing the Lung Association’s investment in lung cancer research and are pushing to increase the investment in cancer research at the National Institutes of Health.”
Lung Force unites not only women against lung cancer but also for lung health, encouraging them to raise their voices and seek change. Lung Force is making lung cancer a public health priority, driving policy change and increasing funds for research. The Lung Force movement has 3 priorities: make lung cancer a cause that people actually care and do something about it, educate and empower patients and healthcare givers, and raise funds for lung cancer research. Lung Force is nationally presented by CVS Health.
Valerie Harper is known for her role in The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Rhoda Morgenstern, and she is a lung cancer survivor. “As a lung cancer survivor, I am honored to serve as a passionate voice for the Lung Force movement (…) Together, we can make enormous changes in the fight against lung cancer. I welcome everyone to join Lung Force Team Valerie to raise critically necessary funds for research, advocacy and education to address this pressing public health issue,” said Harper in the press release.
Jewel is helping the cause with her song ‘Sing On,’ available on iTunes. It is a song about empowering women and all proceeds will benefit Lung Force. “I want women across the country to know that there is hope and that we are all raising our voices in support of their battle,” said the singer. “I am committed to seeing Lung Force succeed in the fight to save women’s lives. And I ask women to join me at Lung Force Team Jewel to raise money in this fight.”
Kellie Pickler has been helping Lung Force since day one. She is especially sensitive about the cause since lung cancer took her grandmother, who raised her. “I’m raising my voice to let women know there is hope in the fight against lung cancer. Join me at Lung Force Team Kellie to raise money to spread awareness of lung cancer, reduce lung cancer risks and support those affected,” said Pickler.
Mackena Bell lost her grandfather to lung cancer and is also familiar with the disease: “We are in a race for our lives. Help us win the race against lung cancer by contributing money to Lung Force Team Mackena,” she said in the press release.
For those who feel that they want to offer their time in addition to donate money, Lung Force Walks will happen all across the country.