Did you know that more than 158,000 people will die this year from Lung Cancer? Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S. In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
In terms of asthma, one in every 12 people have asthma. According to the Center for Disease Control, 6.3% of all Americans have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
Because of these astounding facts, we have selected the American Lung Association as the NY TRI EXPO ’16’s charity partner. This means that the American Lung Association will receive a portion of the proceeds from the NY TRI EXPO ’16 to continue their focus on education, advocacy and research.
The common forms of lung disease include asthma, COPD(chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and lung cancer, all diseases that affected my family and my life.
Four people who I loved and cared about died of lung disease. Grandma Rose (my paternal grandmother) died of lung cancer, never having a cigarette a day in her life. Grandma Kahn (my maternal grandmother) died of asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). And, my uncle, Fred, died of lung cancer.
The biggest impact for me was when my mother died of lung disease. I’m dedicating this first expo in her memory.
As a young child, my mother had polio. She was in an iron lung. She couldn’t play with the other children because her legs didn’t work. (The other children’s parents would even let them near my mother because of the fear of catching the disease.) She relearned to walk but when she turned 50, her polio came back and between that and her asthma and COPD, she had major issues.
Years later, she had to use oxygen full time and was confined to a wheelchair. Eventually, all of her issues overtook her and she passed on. I watched this happen and couldn’t make it stop. I celebrated my 50th birthday with her. That was the last time I saw her.
I’m affected by lung disease too. I have adult onset asthma. My daughter also suffers from asthma. Between seeing four family members pass away from lung disease and suffering from it myself, I know how deadly it can be.
No one should ever watch someone die of lung disease. Because if you do, you realize that when you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.
Please join me in the fight to find a cure for lung disease by either supporting the American Lung Association. They have two great events coming up including:
Fight for Air Climb — Climb up to the top of One Penn Plaza in New York City on April 9 at 9 am. (It’s right across the street from the LI Rail Road station.) Climb as a team or individually to fight lung disease!
Lung Force Walk — Come out to the South Street Seaport on May 14 and join in on the Lung Force Walk to help fight lung cancer, asthma and COPD! View the wonderful sights of NYC’s downtown while raising money for an amazing cause.
Thanks for reading!