Barrington Woman Joins LUNG FORCE movement to honor her late Aunt
(June 9, 2015)
Volunteering for a local charity or organization can be a fulfilling task for most everyone who participates. For some, however, the act of giving back has deep personal meaning. Annemarie Holly, of Barrington, has been a volunteer with the American Lung Association for several years. By participating in the organization’s Fight for Air Climbs and various committees, she is hoping her efforts will help make a difference for someone who is suffering from lung cancer, the disease that cut her Aunt Gina’s life short. Holly’s Aunt Gina Galanoplos Zullo passed away from lung cancer in 2014. Holly is well aware that there are many families like hers, who personally know the very real pain that comes with battling a disease that is all too often caught too late. Now, Annemarie, is taking part in the LUNG FORCE Walk: Rhode Island in Warwick City Park at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 13th, to continue her efforts of spreading awareness about lung disease.
The LUNG FORCE Walk is like no other charity walk. With an inspiring signature song and music, participants will celebrate the collective power of our breath. Friends, neighbors and colleagues will rally together against lung cancer—and for lung health for everyone. The walk will also raise funds for research, advocacy, education and awareness.
The LUNG FORCE Walk: Rhode Island is sponsored by Lilly Oncology, Kindred Healthcare, Boehringer Ingelheim, Medtronic, Rhode Island Medical Imaging, Amica Mutual Insurance Company, 21st Century Oncology, Genentech, Channel 10, iHeartMedia, and Coastline Emergency Medical Services.
Gina Zullo was a zoo-keeper in New Jersey, who Annemarie said loved being around people just as much as animals. “She was always full of energy and loved being around her family. She had such a connection with both animals and people; she was just fun to be around,” Annemarie said. After she died, The Turtle Back Zoo named the Wolf Woods in her memory.
After visiting her doctor for what Gina believed was complications with her asthma and what doctors thought was pneumonia; she received her diagnosis in June 2013. Gina died in January of 2014. When Annemarie heard the mission behind LUNG FORCE she knew she had to get involved with the national campaign. “Once I found out that the LUNG FORCE was geared toward women’s health, I knew I had to get involved to prevent this from happening to other families,” Annemarie said.
“We are happy to have Annemarie walking with us at our LUNG FORCE Walk in Warwick,” said Jeff Seyler President & CEO of the American Lung Association. “Annemarie has been very active with the American Lung Association and is truly an ambassador for our organization who is focused on spreading awareness about our LUNG FORCE campaign. With a personal connection to lung cancer, Annemarie brings a human face to our mission.”
Annemarie will participate in the walk with the rest of her team, “Gina’s Walking Wolves.” She said she knows her aunt would be proud of the work she is doing with the Lung Association. “Aunt Gina was always one to be supportive of anything we did, so I know she would be happy we’re doing this to help other people.”
Registration for the LUNG FORCE Walk will begin at 8 a.m. on June 13th. To find out more about the walk or to register visit http://action.lung.org/RI. A walk was held in Boston and New York City recently and another walk will be held in Vermont.