Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S., and just this year, it is estimated that in Georgia 7,700 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2022, and 4,180 people will die from the disease. In an effort to end lung cancer, on Saturday, November 5, the American Lung Association in Georgia is hosting the LUNG FORCE Run/Walk at Brook Run Park.
The LUNG FORCE Run/Walk is a celebratory and welcoming event that provides critical funds for lifesaving lung cancer research, early detection initiatives, and awareness outreach to vulnerable communities. For the event, participants can run, walk or stroll a 5K at Brook Run Park.
“Someone is diagnosed with lung cancer every two and a half minutes and four in five of those diagnosed will ultimately die of the disease,” said Carl R. Hanna, PhD, Chair of the Local Leadership Board for American Lung Association and Co-Founder of Evva Health. “But there is hope. More Americans than ever are surviving lung cancer. The survival rate has increased by a dramatic 13% to 22.6% in the last five years. At the LUNG FORCE Run/Walk, Atlanta residents will come together to take small steps to make bold strides to end lung cancer.”
The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative unites women, men and caregivers across the country to stand together against lung cancer, the leading cancer killer. Through education, advocacy and research, LUNG FORCE works to provide hope to all those impacted by the disease and save more lives.
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 organization’s COVID-19 Action Initiative.
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.