First Annual LUNG FORCE Walk in Honolulu Raises Awareness and Crucial Funds for Lung Cancer
(December 10, 2014)
On November 16, 565 people joined forces to raise awareness in the first annual LUNG FORCE Walk in Honolulu. The event, held at Magic Island/Ala Moana Beach Park, brought the community together for a festive walk with a much deeper purpose: to get the word out that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men and women, is incredibly underfunded for research compared to other cancers, and that the pervasive stigma associating lung cancer with smoking continues to hurt our ohana of patients, survivors and their families.
Under a clear blue sky, participants began the day with a Hawaiian blessing, yoga stretches, jazzercise, and a Hawaiian breathing exercise. The conch shell blowing kicked off the 3K walk and walkers were cheered along the bright blue waters and at the finish line. The LUNG FORCE Walk was truly an ohana-oriented event, with face painting, hula hooping, and temporary tattoos, for the keiki (and adults!). So far, close to $40,000 has been raised to support the LUNG FORCE movement against lung cancer and for lung health. Donations will support the advancement of lung cancer research, the development of new programs, more advocacy on public policy, and sharing of the most up-to-date information on the treatment and management of lung cancer. The American Lung Association in Hawaii extends its warmest Mahalo Nui Loa to all of its sponsors, partners, volunteers, teams, and walkers for joining the force. View photos here, and the video (set to the LUNG FORCE theme sung by Jewel) here.
To register for next year’s walk, visit: www.lungforce.org
To participate in the LUNG FORCE Expo, the education arm of the LUNG FORCE Movement, learn more here