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).