The American Lung Association welcomed nearly 60 lung cancer survivors and caregivers aboard the Arabella, a 150-foot Mega-Yacht anchored in New York Harbor, to celebrate their lives and recognize their journeys fighting the nation’s number one cancer killer.
The event was sponsored by Peer Medical, a new health tech platform that brings peace of mind to survivors through real and relevant data.
“Our LUNG FORCE community in New York is truly a family,” said Carla Sterling, executive director of the American Lung Association in Metro New York. “We spend so much time talking about how to boost awareness and secure more funds for research, this is an opportunity to simply celebrate how far they’ve come, and how grateful we are to walk alongside them in their fight against lung cancer.”
Ed Spiegel, founder and CEO of Peer Medical, the presenting sponsor of the event, was also on board. Spiegel lost his father to lung cancer after a three-year battle with the disease, during which Ed was his caretaker. Throughout his father’s battle, they were both consistently overwhelmed and disheartened by the lack of verified resources they had to better understand treatment options and make informed decisions.
Following the devastating loss of his father, Ed founded Peer Medical to give survivors and caregivers a platform to share and compare lung cancer treatment plans with fellow survivors, safely and anonymously.
“Peer Medical’s vision is to help people lead happier and healthier lives with better data and a stronger community. Each survivor that joins the platform gets us closer to that goal. We’re honored to sponsor the LUNG FORCE Heroes event and celebrate today with the American Lung Association,” said Ed.
In New York alone, approximately 13,380 women and men will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S. and is the most common cancer worldwide, accounting for 2.1 million new cases and 1.8 million deaths in 2018.
Over the last 10 years, the number of deaths due to lung cancer has decreased about 28 percent among men, but increased about 3 percent among women.
Another attendee, three-year lung cancer survivor and recent Peer Medical member Sarah Christ, talked about her experience with the platform. “The ability to follow these patients through changes in their disease and treatment gives me hope that I will be able to benefit from their experiences and they, in turn, can benefit from mine. The more we share treatment plans and results with each other the closer we are to a cure. And what a valuable tool this is for the newly-diagnosed!”
Event attendees were able to sign up for Peer Medical, giving them access to anonymously share, compare, and message with other lung cancer survivors facing similar journeys.
About the American Lung Association in New York
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:
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 Health. Find out more at LUNGFORCE.org.
About Peer Medical
Peer Medical is a decision-making support platform for lung cancer patients that brings peace of mind through access to relevant data. With a proprietary database of verified medical records, we give survivors an anonymous, secure, and safe environment to share and compare themselves to others with similar medical profiles. Survivors can also message each other on the platform to gain furtherinsights. For more information visit us at or email