Lung Association Launches Search For North Carolina’s Top Dog

FIDO’S FORCE fundraising campaign highlights local dogs to raise money to end lung cancer, address COVID-19

Today, the American Lung Association in North Carolina kicked off the third annual FIDO’S FORCE Top Dog Competition, sponsored by Guardant Health, a unique campaign to raise awareness for lung cancer and funds to support lung cancer research. 

On May 21, 2022, hundreds of people will gather at Skiptown Dog Park and Bar for an afternoon of live music, playful pups and to support our vision of a world free of lung disease.  The event concludes a four-week online fundraiser –FIDO’S FORCE. The highest fundraising dog will be announced and awarded the title of FIDO’S FORCE Top Dog, along with special prizes.

“We are excited to bring this campaign to our Charlotte community, particularly during a time where lung health is more important than ever. We hope that featuring North Carolina’s cutest pups will add some positivity to this challenging time, while also raising money to end lung cancer,” said Rachel Goldstein, Development Manager for the Lung Association.  

Here are details about the campaign: 

  • Early registration will open on April 22. Nominate your dog at for a chance to win North Carolina’s Top Dog
  • Early Registration is $20 from April 22 – April 29 and General Registration is $25 from April 30 – May 5
  • Voting runs from May 6 through May 21 until 4:00 p.m. Votes are $5 each or 5 votes for $20. 
  • Winner will be announced at the Barks & Bluegrass event, shortly after 4 p.m. via text and social media.
  • Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities should email Rachel Goldstein at [email protected] 

“This is by far one of the most creative events we have sponsored in a long time! This unique event gave us a chance to highlight our company in an informal way, while at the same time making a direct impact on the Lung Association’s fundraising efforts,” shares Jodi Strong, with Novant Health. 

FIDO’S FORCE supports LUNG FORCE, an initiative by Lung Association to bring greater awareness to lung cancer and raise critical funds for lung cancer research. By supporting LUNG FORCE, you provide hope and help to millions of Americans living with lung cancer. Money raised funds the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer through education, advocacy and research. It also supports the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative, a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and to protect against future respiratory virus pandemics.

For more information and to register your Top Dog, visit

For more information, contact:

Jill Smith
[email protected]

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