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Chicagoans March for the 1.4 Million Illinoisans Battling Lung Disease

(August 6, 2019) -

For more information please contact:

Jill Thompson
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On September 22, more than one thousand Chicagoland residents will walk three miles for the 1.4 million Illinois residents who live with lung disease as a part of the LUNG FORCE Walk. 

The American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s LUNG FORCE Walk presented by Northwestern Medicine will take place at Independence Grove in Libertyville. The LUNG FORCE Walk is a festive event that includes inspirational speakers, music, activities for the whole family, and an option for a one-mile or three-mile walk.

“Every step we take and every dollar we raise helps in our work to put an end to lung cancer and lung disease,” said Kristen Young, executive director of the Lung Association. “We walk to remember our loved one’s smile, to find our own strength, and to remember we are not alone in the fight against lung disease. For people with lung disease or lung cancer, this one-mile or three-mile walk is their marathon.”

Here in Illinois, more than 1.4 million residents live with lung diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary fibrosis and other lung diseases. Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the U.S. and here in Illinois, an estimated 9,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and almost 6,000 will die from the disease in 2019.

Money raised at the LUNG FORCE Walk increases awareness for lung disease, funds life-saving lung cancer research, and supports local programs that help children manage their asthma, facilitate support groups for adults with chronic lung disease, and help residents quit smoking.

The LUNG FORCE Walk is on Sunday, September 22 at 10 a.m. at Independence Grove in Libertyville. The event is free to attend, but fundraising is encouraged. To learn more and register, visit


About the American Lung Association

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:

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