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

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania LUNG FORCE Walk Philadelphia will take place as a hybrid event with an outdoor, in-person event on May 15, 2021, at Philadelphia’s historic Old City neighborhood as well as a virtual option. Registrants can also participate virtually through the “Walk Your Way” registration now through June 30, 2021. The LUNG FORCE Walk Philadelphia will support research, advocacy and education for lung diseases, lung cancer and COVID-19. To help participants follow current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, in person event teams will be sent off in waves beginning of 8:30 a.m. 

The LUNG FORCE Walk Philadelphia is in its 6th year, with participants completing a three mile walk around historic Old City passing Independence Mall, Franklin Square, Washington Square and other city landmarks. In addition to the Walk, the event will include a virtual option for participants called “Walk Your Way” which includes an app for registrants to track their mile and complete challenges. 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.   

“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 through events like the LUNG FORCE Walk Philadelphia” said American Lung Association Executive Director Caroline Hutchinson. “Our mission has never been more important than it is today, and we’re looking forward to masking up and rallying our Philadelphia based LUNG FORCE community to raise awareness and advance lifesaving research that enhances people’s lives every day.” 

Money raised at the LUNG FORCE Walk will support the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease, including COVID-19 and 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.  

Event fundraising also contributes to the Lung Association local researcher awards including the recent $150,000 combined research investment in two local researchers: Johnathon Whetstine Ph.D. from Fox Chase Cancer Center and Karim Bahmed, Ph.D. from Temple University for their work to improve lung health and prevent lung disease.  

The LUNG FORCE Walk Philadelphia fundraising goal is $60,000. The current top fundraising team is Fightin’ Frost, led by LUNG FORCE Hero and Pennsauken, NJ resident, Le Ann Frost. “Research that began in the mid 2000’s found a rare subset of lung cancer and then developed treatments that extend the lives of those who have the type of lung cancer that I do. I walk to fundraise for continuing research dollars to help extend the lives of future lung cancer patients and maybe even help add more years to my life.” said Le Ann. Since 2018, Team Fightin’ Frost has raised over $24,150 to help end lung cancer. To support LeAnn, or to learn more about her story, visit her team page here. 

The event is sponsored by Kindred Hospitals, AmeriHealth Caritas, Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Independence and Veracyte. There is no registration fee to participate in the virtual or onsite event, but donations are encouraged. More information and registration are available at

 For media interested in speaking with a lung health export, LUNG FORCE Hero or requesting images, contact Valerie Gleason at [email protected] or 717-971-1123.  


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