Celebrities Who Support Lung Cancer Charities
Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the United States in both men and women. But the stars of film, television, music and comedy are lending their power to organizations that are determined to change this statistic.
One of the biggest names in wrestling is award-winning actor Laura Dern, who serves as a board advisor for the American Lung Association.
Dern was partly inspired by the effects of the disease on her grandfather, who died when she was just 6 years old.
“I remember him coughing, so incredibly thin. … The doctor told him – no kidding – that he could empty his lungs by smoking a cigarette.
This personal connection drew her to ALA, she says. “I am proud to partner with The Lung Association because they work hard to save lives by investing in education, advocacy and research.”
The association is grateful for the help.
“Laura Dern is a beloved and accomplished actress who has a genuine connection to our mission to save lives and improve lung health,” says Julia Fitzgerald, Marketing Director of ALA.
“With her personal experience and her powerful ability to captivate millions of people, we can help get our messages out to more Americans with lung disease.”
Dern’s primary vehicle has been Lung Force, an ALA-sponsored group founded in 2014 to raise awareness about lung cancer while bringing together women from across the country whose lives are affected by the disease.
She is inspired by actor Valerie Harper, a close friend who was part of Lung Force until her death of lung disease in 2019.
“A few years ago I had the privilege of playing author Cheryl Strayed’s mother in the film adaptation of Cheryl’s book Wild. Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi, also died of lung cancer, ”Dern says.
“While doing research for the role, I found that a woman is diagnosed with lung cancer every five minutes. I want to make sure that no one ever has to lose a loved one to lung disease. It was there that I started working with the American Lung Association. Dern received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Portrait. She wore a turquoise dress, in honor of Lung Force, during the ceremony.
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