American Lung Association’s Annual LUNG FORCE Walk Buffalo Presented by Independent Health, to Offer In-Person and Virtual Events to Support Lung Health, COVID-19 Action Initiative

Registration for the LUNG FORCE Walk Buffalo is now OPEN

Today, the American Lung Association in Buffalo announced that registration is now open for its annual LUNG FORCE Walk Buffalo, presented by Independent Health. After being moved online last year, due to COVID-19, the beloved community event will take place at Buffalo Harbor State Park as an outdoor, in-person event on Saturday September 11, 2021, beginning at 10 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) and state and local guidelines.  

The LUNG FORCE Walk Buffalo is in its 4th year, with in-person participants completing a 1.5-mile loop around Buffalo Harbor State 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.  

“Through events like the LUNG FORCE Walk Buffalo, we are able to continue our work to improve air quality, educate residents on lung health and COVID-19, and support people who live with lung disease,” said Kaelyn Gates, Development Director for the Lung Association in Western New York. “That mission has never been more important than it is today, and we are looking forward to rallying our Buffalo based LUNG FORCE community to advance this work that makes people’s lives better every day.” 

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 4th Annual Lung Force Walk Buffalo is Presented by Independent Health, a not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Buffalo, New York. “Independent Health is proud of its partnership with the American Lung Association in support of its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research,” said Patricia Clabeaux, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Independent Health and Board Member, American Lung Association. “The LUNG FORCE Walk Buffalo presented by Independent Health is an excellent opportunity to support these important efforts while being fun way to get and stay healthy.” 

There is no registration fee for the LUNG FORCE Walk Buffalo, but donations are encouraged. We encourage in-person walkers to register in advance. The registration deadline for the in-person event is Friday, September 10th. More information and registration are available at

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