TRENTON, NJ | August 5, 2021
Today, the American Lung Association in New Jersey announced that registration is now open for its annual LUNG FORCE Walk Bridgewater. After being moved online last year, due to COVID-19, the beloved community event will take place at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater Township as an outdoor, in-person event on Saturday October 2, 2021, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event will support research, advocacy and education for lung diseases, lung cancer and COVID-19. All participants will be required to follow current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as well as state/local guidelines.
The LUNG FORCE Walk Bridgewater is in its 7th year, with in-person participants completing either a one-mile loop or 5k walk around the scenic Duke Island Park. Participants can also opt to “Walk Your Way,” and participate by walking in their own neighborhoods, tracking their activity online through the new LUNG FORCE app (available for Android or iPhone). In addition to the Walk, the event will include an array of interactive activities that promote lung-health awareness. All registered participants for both virtual and in-person options are encouraged to join the event’s Facebook group and download the app to share their journeys and connect with advocates and heroes.
In addition to LUNG FORCE Heroes who will be sharing their personal stories with lung disease, this year’s event features native New Jerseyan and Princeton resident Mary Stober Murray as its medical honoree. Mary has more than 15 years of experience in health equity, pharmaceutical development and management with a particular focus on the diverse populations of people living with lung disease. In her current role at the non-profit National Minority Quality Forum, Mary leads collaborative efforts that bring patient representatives together with industry and providers to share tools and cocreate successful approaches for improving treatments and outcomes for people living with chronic disease, including lung cancer, asthma and COVID-19.
“Through events like the LUNG FORCE Walk Bridgewater, we are able to continue our work to improve air quality, educate residents on lung health and COVID-19, and support the 984,254 New Jerseyans who live with lung disease,” said Erica Masin, executive director, Northern New Jersey and Metro New York, American Lung Association. “That mission has never been more important than it is today, and we are looking forward to rallying our LUNG FORCE community to advance this work to save and improve lives.”
Money raised at the LUNG FORCE Walk will support 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 a $25 million 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 7th Annual LUNG FORCE Walk Bridgewater is sponsored by: ScreenNJ, Johnson & Johnson, RWJ Barnabas Health Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Kindred Hospitals of New Jersey, Hackensack Meridian Health, and Veracyte.
There is no registration fee for the LUNG FORCE Walk Bridgewater but donations are encouraged. Every participant who raises $100 will receive their official LUNG FORCE Walk T-Shirt on Walk Day. We encourage in-person walkers to register in advance. The registration deadline for the in-person event is Friday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. More information and registration are available at LUNGFORCE.org/bridgewater.
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.
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