CHICAGO, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel unveiled a new song, "Sing On," in support of LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. LUNG FORCE is a national movement led by the American Lung Association in partnership with national presenting sponsor CVS Caremark. All proceeds from Jewel's song, available on iTunes, will benefit LUNG FORCE to further the fight against lung cancer in women.
Jewel is lending her voice by creating "Sing On" to help raise awareness of, and hope for, the fight against lung cancer in women. As a singer, Jewel relies on her lungs every day to breathe, speak, laugh and sing. That's why she's made it her mission to ensure that all women realize that lung cancer can happen to anyone.
Rallying LUNG FORCE Voices
"After learning that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in the U.S. I wanted to write a song that would unite women and their loved ones to take much-needed action in the fight against this disease," said Jewel. "With 'Sing On' I want women to know that there is hope and that we are all raising our voices in support of their battle."
In supporting LUNG FORCE, Jewel joins actress and author Valerie Harper as well as entertainer and country music star Kellie Pickler, who have both been personally affected by lung cancer. Harper battled lung cancer while Pickler lost her grandmother to lung cancer just one day after she was diagnosed. Pickler's grandmother played an important role in her life and continues to serve as an inspiration for her work.
"We're honored to have Jewel on board as a key LUNG FORCE voice," said Harold Wimmer, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association. "Lung cancer in women needs to be a public health priority. To accomplish that, we have to change our thinking about the disease and increase awareness and education."
Jewel also appears alongside Pickler in a LUNG FORCE public service announcement, calling on women to understand lung cancer's impact, share what they know with others, and join the fight at LUNGFORCE.org.
CVS Caremark Continues Its Support of LUNG FORCE
CVS/pharmacy announced yesterday an in-store fundraising campaign to help fight the number one cancer killer of women – lung cancer. CVS Caremark is the national presenting sponsor of LUNG FORCE, and all funds raised through the campaign will benefit this new health initiative. From now through June 29, CVS/pharmacy customers will have the opportunity to contribute to LUNG FORCE at the register in stores nationwide or online at www.cvs.com/lung with all proceeds going to support the movement. Earlier this year, CVS Caremark announced its decision to remove tobacco from its retail stores.
To learn more about LUNG FORCE and how to get involved in the movement, visit www.LUNGFORCE.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 health care 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.
About the American Lung Association
Now in its second century, 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-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lung.org.
About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the company's more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 800 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications. Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health at info.cvscaremark.com.
American Lung Association
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