Veterans Answer The Call To Fight Lung Cancer


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Former assistant secretary of the Air Force and retired four-star general rally local military community to bring awareness and support to quest to end lung cancer

WASHINGTON (November 1, 2010) – Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Ty

McCoy and retired Air Force General Chuck Boyd are co-captaining a team for the 2nd annual Breathe Deep DC, a 5K walk on the National Mall that raises awareness and critical funds to find a cure for lung cancer.  McCoy and Boyd invite all service members, veterans, families and supporters to join their team for the event on November 7, and help bring an end to a disease that has become a national health tragedy.

“Chuck and I want our team to be a rallying point for all members of the military community who want to join the fight against our nation’s number one cancer killer,” said McCoy. “If you served in our military, or simply support those who do, join team Victory Through Research and help us end lung cancer now.”

Members of Victory Through Research will join over a thousand other DC-area residents on the grounds of the Washington Monument on the morning of November 7. Walkers will check-in at 9 a.m. before beginning their 5K walk around the National Mall.

McCoy and Boyd are part of the growing number of Americans supporting the quest to end lung cancer. The disease affects one in fourteen Americans, yet government and corporate underwriting largely overlooks lung cancer research.  The lack of funding has restricted the number of breakthroughs in early detection methods and live-saving treatments. As a result, over 200,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year and only 15 percent of them will live longer than five years. Lung cancer largely affects people indiscriminately, but doctors have noticed higher rates of the disease among the military community.    

“Veterans need to pay attention to what’s going on with lung cancer because we are more likely to get the disease and more likely to die from it,” said Boyd. “We have every reason to help battle lung cancer by donating what we can and getting out to events like Breathe Deep DC.”  

People can join team Victory Through Research by visiting and clicking on “View All Teams.” LUNGevity Foundation is offering a 50 percent discount on the registration fee to members of Victory Through Research in appreciation for their service. Team members will receive their discount by entering the promotional code “military10” during registration. All Breathe Deep DC participants must register online by Friday, November 5.

Breathe Deep DC is made possible through the support of its leading sponsors, Corporate Executive Board and Everything But Water. Other event sponsors include Washingtonian, Mix 107.3, and Giant Food.

About LUNGevity Foundation

The mission of LUNGevity Foundation is to have a meaningful and immediate impact on improving lung cancer survival rates, ensure a higher quality of life for lung cancer patients, and provide a community for those impacted by lung cancer.

In order to accomplish its mission, LUNGevity funds the most promising research into the early detection and successful treatment of lung cancer as identified by its board of leading scientists. LUNGevity also supports the largest national grassroots lung cancer network.

LUNGevity seeks to inspire the nation to commit to ending lung cancer.

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About Lung Cancer

  • Lung cancer impacts 1 in 14 Americans and is the number one cancer killer.
  • About 65 percent of Americans diagnosed with lung cancer either never smoked a cigarette in their lives or had quit smoking.
  • Less than 15 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive 5 years post-diagnosis because of limited early detection opportunities.

There is no widely available, effective early diagnostic test available today.

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