ATLANTA, GA | October 20, 2020
Today, the American Lung Association in Georgia announced that Northside Hospital has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Atlanta LUNG FORCE Run/Walk and Scavenger Hunt.
This year’s event will include a virtual 5K run/walk that will be conducted through the Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE app from now through November 30, and a socially distanced scavenger hunt that will take place in downtown City of Decatur. The scavenger hunt kicked off yesterday and also runs through November 30.
“Through events like the LUNG FORCE Run/Walk, we are able to fund our work to improve air quality, educate residents on lung health and COVID-19, and help people who live with lung disease,” said Rochelle Smalls, executive director for the Lung Association. “But we can’t do it alone. Our partnership with Northside Hospital helps us provide vital support to the Atlanta community and residents throughout Georgia. From funding asthma education, to providing resources to those suffering from lung cancer, this support makes people’s lives better every day.”
Northside is an extensive network of state-of-the-art facilities staffed with skilled, caring professionals who are dedicated to the health and wellness of the communities they serve. Northside physicians and other health care professionals provide a full range of care including: surgery, cancer care, women's services, emergency care, outpatient services and behavioral health services.
“It is key to our company mission to support the communities where our employees work and live. The American Lung Association’s work to support clean air and healthy lungs affects us all, so we are proud to be involved with the Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Run/Walk and Scavenger Hunt,” said Dr. Howard Silverboard, Medical Director of Thoracic Oncology and the Lung Cancer Screening Program for Northside Hospital. “We hope to see our community come together virtually for a fun and inspiring event.”
Money raised at the Virtual LUNG FORCE Run/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.
Registration for the LUNG FORCE Run/Walk is $35, which includes the virtual Run/Walk and the scavenger hunt. Residents can get more information and register at the Atlanta LUNG FORCE Run/Walk website.
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 Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
The Northside Hospital health care system is one of Georgia’s leading health care providers with five acute-care hospitals in Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Lawrenceville and more than 250 outpatient locations across the state. Northside Hospital leads the U.S. in newborn deliveries and is among the state’s top providers of cancer care, sports medicine, cardiovascular and surgical services. For more information, visit: northside.com.
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