500 people laced up their gym shoes and power walked, strutted, or strolled to stomp out lung disease this morning. It was all part of the American Lung Association of Greater Chicago’s LUNG FORCE Walk at Cantigny Park, presented by Northwestern Medicine.
Participants walked a 5k or 1.5-mile path to raise nearly $136,000 to help the nearly 1.8 million Illinoisians living with lung disease plus help find a cure for lung cancer, the number one cancer killer.
“The morning was filled with families and friends celebrating lives impacted by lung disease, sharing the passion toward the American Lung Association’s mission, and showing their commitment to continue and advocate for clean air and healthy lungs,” said executive director, Danielle Trojanek. “Together as a community we raised nearly $136,000. I am grateful for each walker, and spectator who joined us today to raise awareness and critical funds toward the work of the American Lung Association and for being a part of the LUNG FORCE, because if you can’t breathe nothing else matters.”
The Lung Association looks forward to next year’s LUNG FORCE Walk and to continuing its commitment to improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
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, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.