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LUNG FORCE Walk Raises $225k to Fight Lung Disease in Chicago

(September 25, 2017) -

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On Sunday, September 24, more than one thousand people stood up to fight lung disease at the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Walk presented by Northwestern Medicine. The event raised approximately $225,000, which provides support, education, research and advocacy for the 1.3 million Illinoisans who suffer from lung disease.

“This year’s event was a testament to the incredible ability of the Chicago community to come together for a great cause,” said Kristen Young, executive director of the Lung Association in Greater Chicago. “More than one thousand people came out to fight lung disease, local companies who rallied employees and funds, and amazing volunteers who gave their Sunday to help our community.”

The LUNG FORCE Walk is a unique, festive 3-mile walk at the McDonald’s Hamburger University campus in Oak Brook, IL that raises funds for research, early detection, advocacy, education and awareness for lung disease. The event also included the option to walk one mile for those with lung disease.

In total, the LUNG FORCE Walk resulted in:

• 1,100 walkers
• 83 teams
• Approximately $225,000 raised

In early spring, the Lung Association in Greater Chicago will host two Fight For Air Climbs in the Chicago area, one at Oakbrook Terrace Tower in Oakbrook, Terrace, IL on February 10 and one at Presidential Towers in Chicago on March 11.


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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