Today, the American Lung Association in New York announced that its LUNG FORCE Walk New York City will take place as a virtual-only event on May 22, 2021. Originally planned as a hybrid event with an in-person option, the LUNG FORCE Walk New York City will pivot to a virtual-only event for 2021, to protect all participant’s health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event will support research, advocacy and education for lung diseases, lung cancer and COVID-19.
In its 7th year, the LUNG FORCE Walk NEW YORK CITY invites participants to “Walk Your Way” by walking in their neighborhoods and tracking their activity online through the updated LUNG FORCE app (available for Android or iPhone). In addition to the “Walk Your Way” component, the May 22 event will include an impactful, livestreamed Opening Ceremony where LUNG FORCE Heroes will share their stories, enjoy a fitness warm up, and receive a digital LUNG FORCE Action passport that encourages lung health education from different engagement activities. All registered participants 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 NEW YORK CITY, 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 Erica Masin, Executive Director for the Lung Association in metro New York. “That mission has never been more important than it is today. While we look forward to getting everyone together in person safely and soon, we are excited to virtually rally our New York based LUNG FORCE community to advance this work that makes people’s lives better every day.”
Money raised at the LUNG FORCE Walk will fund 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.
There is no registration fee for the LUNG FORCE Walk NEW YORK CITY but donations are encouraged. More information and registration are available at LUNGFORCE.org/nyc.
About the American Lung Association
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.