LUNG FORCE - Men Wear Turquoise, Too! is a unique program to engage male leaders in the Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii community to raise awareness and funds for the American Lung Association to end lung cancer, the number one cancer killer in America.
NOW is the time to defeat lung cancer.
The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative unites women and their loved ones to stand together for lung health and against lung cancer.
Lung cancer is increasing among women—among our mothers, daughters, sisters and partners of any age, across every ethnicity. In the last four years, new lung cancer cases have increased 87 percent among women, while falling 35 percent for men. We must take action.
Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both women and men in the U.S.
Every five minutes a woman in America is diagnosed with lung cancer.
Two thirds of those diagnosed with lung cancer today have never smoked or have already quit smoking, although the majority of these are former smokers.
Anyone can get lung cancer. It's a big problem, so we have big goals. We inform communities about their risks and what it means to have lung cancer. We award and grant funds to the best and brightest scientific minds aimed at creating a world free of lung disease. We raise our voices for innovations in research that will lead to earlier detection and more personalized treatments — so that everyone has a fighting chance.
We stand together against lung cancer and for lung health. We stand together as one LUNG FORCE.
Meet Our Men
Victor joined the American Lung Association as it closely aligns with the patients VSHP serves as CEO of Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland, not to mention his appreciation for lung research that was instrumental in his own recovery. "There is not a day that goes by whereby I am not reminded that simply breathing on your own cannot be taken for granted." Read more
Jeff serves as a regional board member of the American Lung Association and is the Senior Vice President and region commercial banking manager for Columbia Bank. He has a sincere interest in the American Lung Association's work given the loss of his mother to smoking related lung disease early in her life. Read more
Carl is the director of the Pulmonary Service Line, overseeing respiratory care at Providence Regional Medical center in Everett. He has planned several education events and conferences for respiratory therapists at the local and state level. He is the current chair of the Adult Acute Care Specialty for the American Association for Respiratory Care. Read more
Jay is a director of Global Business Operations, Performance at Expeditors. HJay became involved in the American Lung Association to honor his late wife and mother of his son, who passed away from lung cancer in 2015. "Being a single dad of a tween has been both challenging and rewarding, but giving to LUNG FORCE is our way to try help reduce the impact this terrible disease could have on others. Please join me in our fight and wear turquoise to help raise awareness." Read more
Scott is director of the Tobacco and Youth Marijuana Prevention Program at Public Health Seattle & King County. He has worked in public health for the past 20 years and is dedicated to preventing tobacco- related death and disease. Scott is supporting the American Lung Association to honor his mother who is currently suffering from COPD. "I’ve seen my mom have to struggle and fight for every breath and hope that my participation can in some way prevent others from having to experience debilitating lung disease." Read more
Robb is a University of Washington professor of medicine and of physiology and Biophysicsbiophysics, and is head of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He has an active research program using mathematical models and fractals to better understand lung physiology. He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine. Read more
Taran is an assistant member at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (aka Fred Hutch). Taran has more than 20 peer-reviewed publications in oncology, as well as three issued patents and one pending patent of novel drug candidates. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to science and his potential for breakthrough research, Taran is a recipient of a Kimmel Scholar award, and Human Frontiers Science Fellowship.Read more
Dan is the chief operating officer of Hood To Coast Race Series. He is inspired to work with the amazing and talented team at HTC Race Series to expand the company's mission and events internationally and domestically. Read more
Howard has led UHA Health Insurance as president and chief executive officer since May 2011. Personally, he lost his father and a cousin to lung cancer. “The numbers are increasing and we need to work to reverse that trend." Read more
Daniel Ikaika Ito
Daniel is digital media director at Hawaii Business Magazine, and is a journalist, surfer, coach and entrepreneur who takes on projects he believes will benefit Native Hawaiians, and the Hawaii community at-large. As a father, son, husband, he knew it was important to get involved and take part in Men Wear Turquoise, Too! LUNG FORCE is important to him because lung cancer should be on a lot more people’s radars in order to prevent the disease. Read more
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