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Painting event shines light on lung cancer

Lung cancer survivor Shelly Engfer-Triebenbach of Osakis recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak out about lung cancer. She is hosting an event this Friday to raise funds for lung cancer research. (Contributed)

If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer.

That is the message lung cancer survivor Shelly Engfer-Triebenbach has been sharing for the past four years.

Engfer-Triebenbach of Osakis will be hosting Painting for a Cause and Silent Auction, a Shine a Light Lung Cancer Alliance fundraiser. The event will take place Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., at the Osakis Lutheran Church.

Although the painting spots are full, everyone is still invited to come and enjoy the evening and help in raising funds for lung cancer research. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Lung Cancer Alliance, the leading and highest rated non-profit organization dedicated to fighting lung cancer.

Recently, Engfer-Triebenbach traveled to Washington, D.C., with the Lung Cancer Alliance as part of the National Lung Cancer Summit. In addition, she took part in a patient panel in Germany with the pharmaceutical company, Boeringer Ingelheim. More information will be printed in next week's Osakis Review.

Did you know?

• Lung cancer survivors make up only 3 percent of all people living with cancer.

• Every day, 433 americans die of lung cancer.

• More people will die of lung cancer than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined.

• Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in men and women in every ethnic group.

• Lung cancer makes up 27 percent of all cancer deaths.

• Veterans have at least 25 percent higher incidence rate of lung cancer than civilians.

• The percentage of people with lung cancer who have never smoked is 17.9 percent, former smokers make up 60 percent and 20.9 percent are current smokers.

• Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer. It makes up 80-85 percent of all cases.

• The average age in the U.S. for a lung cancer diagnosis is around 70 years old. About 10 percent of lung cancer cases happen in people younger than 50 years old.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.

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