During the month of November, residents headed outside to get active as a part of the American Lung Association in Florida’s virtual LUNG FORCE Run/Walk. The event raised more than $36,000 to fund the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung disease and support the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative.
For the LUNG FORCE Run/Walk, participants had the option to complete their 5k run or walk when and where they preferred during the month of November. On top of the 5k run/walk, the event included a kick-off celebration, team and individual challenges, and activities each week throughout November to raise awareness and funds to end lung cancer and lung disease.
“Due to concerns surrounding the global pandemic, we pivoted to a virtual event this year, but still saw a tremendous outpouring of support and participation from the local community,” said Bethany Webb, development manager for the Lung Association. “Thank you to all of our participants and sponsors who came together to make a difference in the lives of people facing lung disease, lung cancer and COVID-19.”
In total, the Jacksonville LUNG FORCE Run/Walk resulted in:
113 registered participants;
25 teams; and
$36,768 raised and counting!
Money raised at the Virtual LUNG FORCE Run/Walk funds the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease, as well as support the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative. The COVID-19 Action Initiative is an investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. The initiative works with public and private entities to increase research collaboration and develop new vaccines, detection tests and treatment therapies.
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.