News Release — American Lung Association
May 13, 2014
Illumination during Women’s Lung Health Week coincides with National Launch of LUNG FORCE to Unite Women to Stand Together Against Lung Cancer
WHAT: In celebration of National Women’s Lung Health Week and the American Lung Association’s launch of LUNG FORCE, a movement to unite women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health, Burlington’s Flying Monkeys at the former Union Station will be illuminated May 12-18. The Vermont State Senate also passed a resolution to make May 12-18 Women’s Lung Health Week in the State of Vermont. The resolution was sponsored by Senator Michael Sirotkin, who was recently appointed by Governor Shumlin to fill the seat of Sorotkin’s late wife, Senator Sally Fox, who died from lung cancer.
The Flying Monkeys is one of several landmarks in the Northeast and across the nation that will be illuminated during the week. Other landmarks across the Northeast being illuminated as part of the LUNG FORCE Turquoise Takeover include The Bennington Battle Monument; Niagara Falls; The Massachusetts State House; The Rhode Island State House; Zakim Bridge in Boston; and Albany’s Times Union Center.
WHEN: The Flying Monkeys will be illuminated May 12-18.
WHERE: The Flying Monkeys, One Main Street, Burlington, VT
WHY: Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women with one of the lowest five-year survival rates of all cancer types, at approximately 16 percent. The rate of new lung cancer cases in women has doubled over the last 35 years. Despite the startling statistics, most women do not consider lung cancer to be a serious health threat and are not aware of the alarming facts. The illuminations planned during Women’s Lung Health Week seek to raise awareness about lung cancer and encourage women to learn the facts about lung cancer and protect their lung health. LUNG FORCE will unite women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health.
HOW TO LEARN MORE: Visit LUNGFORCE.org
GET INVOLVED: Learn, share and care by visiting LUNGFORCE.org and using #TurquoiseTakeover and #LUNGFORCE when posting LUNG FORCE Turquoise Takeover photos on social media channels.