TRENTON, NJ | August 24, 2022
Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both men and women and just this year, it is estimated that 5,980 residents of New Jersey will be diagnosed with the disease. In an effort to end lung cancer, on Saturday, September 17, the American Lung Association in New Jersey is hosting the 8th annual LUNG FORCE Walk Bridgewater at Duke Island Park, beginning at 9:30 a.m., with a fundraising goal of $165,000.
The LUNG FORCE Walk is a celebratory and welcoming event that provides critical funds for lifesaving lung cancer research, early detection initiatives, and awareness outreach to vulnerable communities. Participants will complete a one-mile walk around the scenic Duke Island Park. The event will also include an impactful opening ceremony where LUNG FORCE Heroes will share their stories, a fitness warm-up, the opportunity to complete a LUNG FORCE Action passport that encourages lung health education, and a closing ceremony with fundraising awards!
The Lung Association also offers a “Walk Your Way” virtual option for those who can't make it to the event by walking in their own neighborhoods, tracking their activity online through the new LUNG FORCE app (available for all registered walkers on Android or iPhone).
“Someone is diagnosed with lung cancer every two and a half minutes and four in five of those diagnosed will ultimately die of the disease,” said Erica Masin, Executive Director at the Lung Association in New Jersey. “But there is hope. More Americans than ever are surviving lung cancer. The survival rate has increased by a dramatic 13% to 22.6% in the last five years. At the LUNG FORCE Walk, New Jersey residents will come together to take small steps to make bold strides to end lung cancer.”
The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative unites women, men and caregivers across the country to stand together against lung cancer, the leading cancer killer. Through education, advocacy and research, LUNG FORCE works to provide hope to all those impacted by the disease and save more lives.
In addition to LUNG FORCE Heroes who will be sharing their personal stories with lung disease, this year’s event features Princeton Junction resident Sabiha Hussain, MD, as the Medical Honoree for her lifesaving work in lung health. Dr. Hussain is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; as well as the fellowship director of the post-COVID recovery program and Adult Cystic Fibrosis program. Her research interest is in global health and social determinants of health in the ICU. She is funded to develop a global pulmonary and critical care curriculum with partners in Romania, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Hussain is the current president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Thoracic Society.
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 organization’s COVID-19 Action Initiative.
Thank you to our LUNG FORCE Walk Bridgewater sponsors including: Gold Sponsors: Hackensack Meridian Health and Johnson & Johnson; Silver Sponsors RAdata, RWJ Barnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; Bronze Sponsor Kindred Hospitals of New Jersey and Raise Your Voice Sponsor, WJMS Media.
There is no registration fee for the LUNG FORCE Walk Bridgewater but donations are encouraged. We also encourage in-person walkers to register in advance. The registration deadline for the in-person event is Friday, September 16 by 2:00 p.m. EST. More information and registration are available at LUNGFORCE.org/bridgewater.
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, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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