PHOENIX, Nov. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mackena Bell, NASCAR driver and Honorary Spokesperson for LUNG FORCE, a national movement fighting lung cancer in women, will be competing in the NASCAR Nationwide series DAV200 "Honoring America's Veterans" race at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8, 2014.
The twenty-four year old is an inspirational model for young women. Mackena is the only female graduate of NASCAR's Drive to Diversity Program to race in the Nationwide series. She is also deeply philanthropic and has joined the American Lung Association's new national movement, LUNG FORCE.
Having started driving a kart at age 10, Mackena was encouraged by her beloved grandfather -- "Papa" -- whom she lost to lung cancer. "He never missed any of my races," she says.
In tribute to her grandfather, Mackena is raising money and awareness through LUNG FORCE Team Mackena. "We are in a race for our lives," she says. "Help us win the race by contributing to my team."
Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women. Yet only one percent of women say the disease is even on their radar, according to the American Lung Association's inaugural Women's Lung Health Barometer -- a survey that measured women's awareness, knowledge and perceptions about lung cancer.
"Despite its overwhelming impact, it is clear that too few women are aware that anyone can get lung cancer," said Harold Wimmer, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association. "Voices like Mackena Bell's, who has been personally impacted by this disease are important to raise awareness of lung cancer. We are dedicated to increasing the Lung Association's investment in lung cancer research and are pushing to increase the investment in cancer research at the National Institutes of Health."
Launched earlier this year, LUNG FORCE unites women against lung cancer and for lung health, encouraging them to raise their voices for change. Through nationwide efforts, LUNG FORCE is making lung cancer in women a public health priority, driving policy change and increasing research funding.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.Lung.org.
About LUNG FORCE
LUNG FORCE is a new national movement led by the American Lung Association to unite women against lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women. LUNG FORCE has three priorities: 1) Make lung cancer a cause that people care about – and act on; 2) Educate and empower patients and healthcare providers and 3) Raise critical funds for lung cancer research. The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE is nationally presented by CVS Caremark. Find out more at LUNGFORCE.org.
SOURCE American Lung Association