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Sacramento Lung Health Coalition hosts Lungapalooza

First outreach event of its kind takes place Saturday, Oct. 1, at Esther’s Park in Sacramento


The Love Your Lungs: Sacramento Lung Health Coalition is hosting its first Lungapalooza, an outdoor festival to promote lung health. Lungapalooza aims to spread awareness about the importance of lung health in the Greater Sacramento community. It takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., at Esther’s Park, 3408 3rd Avenue in Sacramento. Free tickets are available by registering here.

Lungapalooza will feature informational booths mixed with fun activities. There will be a free BBQ box lunch for each person who registers. Games and raffle prizes as well as food, music and fitness sessions will add to the festival.

“This first-ever event for Sacramento was organized to educate our community about lung health, including the importance of lung cancer screenings as well as the dangers of tobacco use and vaping,” said event coordinator Alex Gori who is also a coordinator for the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Community Outreach and Engagement. “We hope to bring health experts and community members together through impactful engagement that also shines a light on the racial disparities we see in lung cancer.”

Lung cancer affects Black Americans, particularly Black men, differently than their white counterparts. Black men are 11% more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer and 9.8% more Black men die from the disease, according to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation.

Guest speakers from various health systems and community-based organizations will share information with Lungapalooza attendees. David Tom Cooke, UC Davis oncology surgeon and chief of the Division of General Thoracic Surgery will speak on lung cancer health disparities. 

The mission of the Love Your Lungs: Sacramento Health Coalition is to educate, engage and provide evidence-based lung health information and resources to diverse communities. Partners include:

For more information, call 916-703-5165 or email

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. Its specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care for more than 100,000 adults and children every year and access to more than 200 active clinical trials at any given time. Its innovative research program engages more than 240 scientists at UC Davis who work collaboratively to advance discovery of new tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Patients have access to leading-edge care, including immunotherapy and other targeted treatments. Its Office of Community Outreach and Engagement addresses disparities in cancer outcomes across diverse populations, and the cancer center provides comprehensive education and workforce development programs for the next generation of clinicians and scientists. For more information, visit