Local Man Overcomes Lung Infection, Loses Sister to Cancer

Participates in Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Run/Walk in Paristown

In 2014, Don Hardison was diagnosed with a severe case of histoplasmosis, a fungal infection in the lungs. Three years later he lost his older sister to lung and breast cancer. Now an active board member with the American Lung Association in Kentucky, Hardison plans to participate in this year’s LUNG FORCE Run/Walk in Louisville on June 4 to help end lung disease.

“After undergoing numerous procedures and months of treatment for histoplasmosis, I was finally able to get back my normal active lifestyle.” Hardison said. “This is now my second year participating in the LUNG FORCE Walk and I’m very much looking forward to doing my part to raise money.”

Hardison additionally lost multiple family members to COVID-19 throughout the pandemic, fueling his passion to learn more about aiding prevention, detection, and treatment of the virus. 

“My prayer is that the loved ones we lost across the world were not lost in vain,” he said. “Learning from the lessons of COVID-19 the world will make significant advancements in the arena of public health for the benefit of all humanity.”

Money raised at the LUNG FORCE Run/Walk will fund the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease, as well as support the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative, a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. 

This year’s LUNG FORCE event consists of walking a mile long treasure hunt in Paristown from 5 – 8 p.m. Walkers will begin in separate waves to ensure social distancing. All runners will participate virtually in a location and distance of their choosing. 

“Volunteering for the Lung Association is something I hold near and dear to my heart,” Hardison said. “I look forward to seeing a group of happy people who are excited about raising funds and awareness for lung health.”

Hardison hopes to raise over $1,000 for this year’s event.

The American Lung Association invites individuals, families, groups of friends, and corporate teams to the 2021 Louisville LUNG FORCE Run/Walk at Paristown on June 4. The organization is also offering a “Walk Your Way” option for those who can’t attend the in-person event.
Masks will be required at the event and social distancing will be practiced. The safety of participants, staff and volunteers is always our number one priority, so we are continually monitoring local conditions that might affect the in-person event. Everyone is encouraged to check our LUNG FORCE website for the most up-to-date information leading up to the event.

Adult registration for the LUNG FORCE Run/Walk is $38, child registration is $10. All participants are encouraged to raise funds. Registrants who make a self-donation of $33 will earn an official American Lung Association Sports Scarf.  For more information, and to register, visit LUNGFORCE.org/Louisville.

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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