VANCOUVER, Wa--Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths
in the United States, yet there are no colored ribbons for survivors and
supporters, no races for a cure, and until now, no day, week, or month
dedicated to lung cancer awareness.
The Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support, and Education (ALCASE)
is changing this, designating November 14, 1997, as the first Lung Cancer
Awareness Day, to remember those who have lost their lives to lung cancer
and to show support for those living with the disease.
ALCASE, the only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to
helping people with lung cancer, is also distributing clear plastic "invisible"
ribbons to represent the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are part
of the "invisible" population affected by lung cancer.
The organization provides free of charge the quarterly newsletter, Spirit
and Breath; Phone Buddies, a peer-to-peer support program; customized
information searches; phone support groups; and resources and referrals.
Telephone support is available at 1-800-298-2436; online help is available
on ALCASE's web page (http://www.teleport.com/~alcase).