Lead singer of Denver-based Journey Girls, Antonia Kilpatrick, smoked heavily for 18 years and suffered lung damage. Now, after quitting smoking, she’s sharing her journey to motivate others and will perform with her band at the American Lung Association in Colorado’s annual Run the Rocks 5k/10k and Family Fun Run at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre on Sunday, October 10.
“My personal addiction to smoking was visible and I could no longer ignore the grim reality of it,” Kilpatrick said. “I heard that the physical healing could begin quickly once I’d actually quit smoking, so I gave it a shot for the thousandth time.”
After she stopped smoking, Kilpatrick realized that singing could help heal the physical damage and restore her lung capacity. She reached out to the Lung Association because she wanted to help support lung health and have an opportunity to provide live entertainment at events. Since then, the Journey Girls have performed at all but two of the Run the Rocks events held every year at Red Rocks. Kilpatrick plans to continue to rock out with her band to help other people.
“We always love to see the runners’ faces. They are tired but the music motivates them. So inspiring,” said Kilpatrick.
Registration is open for Run the Rocks, which invites individuals, families, groups of friends, and corporate teams to run or walk the 5K or 10K route, but don’t wait because capacity is limited so save your spot early.
Kilpatrick’s message to participants at this year’s event: “Let’s Rock!”
The safety of participants, staff and volunteers is always our number one priority, so we are continually monitoring local conditions that might affect the event. Everyone is encouraged to check our event website for the most up-to-date information leading up to the event.
Participants are encouraged to fundraise to support the Lung Association’s efforts. For more information, and to register, visit RuntheRocks.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 education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. 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.