What's New At Soldier Field?
(July 10, 2018) -
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On Sunday, August 12, Soldier Field will turn turquoise for the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Walk, a unique and inspiring event where thousands will gather to fight lung cancer, the number one cancer killer.
Held at Hamburger University in Oakbrook for decades (under another name until four years ago), the LUNG FORCE Walk now becomes a part of Soldier Field’s history.
“Air pollution and tobacco use in Chicago threaten our lungs every day, so it was important for us to move the LUNG FORCE Walk to the city to bring together more people to fight lung disease,” said Kristen Young, executive director of the Lung Association in Greater Chicago. “In 2018, more than 9,000 people in Illinois will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and 6,400 will die from the disease. In addition, younger women are getting lung cancer at higher rate than men, yet only three percent note lung cancer as a top health concern. This event comes at a time that it is more important than ever to educate, raise awareness and increase funding for lung cancer.”
The LUNG FORCE Walk helps raise awareness for lung disease, but also funds critical local programing, like:
- Educational programs to help local children better manage their asthma.
- Policies like Tobacco 21, an ordinance to raise the legal selling age of tobacco products to 21, which passed in Chicago in 2016.
- Free programs to help Chicagoans quit smoking.
The LUNG FORCE Walk is on Sunday, August 12 at 10 a.m. The event kicks off at the Stadium Green at Soldier Field, and includes a three-mile walk along Lake Michigan, as well as a one-mile option for those with lung disease. It is free to register and participate, but fundraising is encouraged. More information and registration is available at LUNGFORCEWalkChicago.org.
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: Lung.org.
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