Members of the Atlanta community are once again teaming up with the American Lung Association in Georgia to help defeat lung cancer and lung disease one step at a time. The LUNG FORCE Walk will take place on Saturday, October 28th, at Atlantic Station Green Space in Midtown. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the family-friendly event, which has raised more than $750,000 in total for lifesaving lung cancer research, early detection initiatives and awareness outreach in vulnerable communities. Northside Hospital is an event sponsor.
Nearly 1 million people in the Atlanta metropolitan area suffer from lung disease, including lung cancer, COPD and asthma. More than 7,600 Georgians are estimated to be diagnosed with lung cancer this year, and more than 4,000 deaths from lung cancer are predicted.
While lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., there is hope. More Americans than ever are surviving lung cancer. The survival rate has increased by nearly 40 percent in the last decade. Funding research, encouraging lung cancer screening and reducing stigma around the disease is the key to unlocking a future free of lung cancer.
WHAT: 10th annual Atlanta LUNG FORCE Walk
WHO: Hundreds of families, friends and co-workers from the Atlanta metro area, including lung disease survivors and loved ones. Registration is open.
WHEN: Saturday, October 28; Check-in begins at 8 a.m.; Walk kicks off at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Atlantic Station Green Space, 1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30363
WHY: The fundraising goal for this year’s Atlanta LUNG FORCE Walk is $150,000. Funds raised at the event will support the Lung Association’s efforts to save lives through research, education and advocacy.
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, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.