250 Locals Gather at Folly Beach for LUNG FORCE Run/Walk and Raise $85,000 to End Lung Cancer

Over the weekend more than 250 people participated in the American Lung Association in South Carolina’s LUNG FORCE Run/Walk at Folly Beach County Park. The event raised more than $85,000 to fund the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease.

For the event, participants ran or walked a 5K along Folly Beach. “We were very excited to host this year’s LUNG FORCE Run/Walk at the beach once again as it provided a stunning backdrop to a morning filled with memorable moments of joy and hope for all of our participants, especially our LUNG FORCE Heroes,” said Margaret Ann Youngs, director of development for the American Lung Association for South Carolina. “Thank you to all our participants, volunteers and sponsors who came together to make a difference in the lives of people facing lung disease and lung cancer.”

Here in South Carolina, it is estimated that 4,560 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2022, and 2,560 people will die from the disease. But there is hope. More Americans than ever are surviving lung cancer. The lung cancer survival rate has increased to 25% and awareness of this deadly disease has steadily increased. Greater awareness of lung cancer is key to securing research funding, encouraging lung cancer screening, reducing stigma around this disease, and ultimately, saving lives.

Money raised at the LUNG FORCE Run/Walk will support the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer by funding lung cancer research, raising awareness for lung cancer screening, helping people quit smoking, providing resources to people with lung cancer and more. 

Thank you to our local sponsors: Atlantic Respiratory Services, PBI Performance Products, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Trident Health, Truist, Veracyte, and Vision Software Solutions.

For more information about the event and to donate, visit LUNGFORCE.org/Charleston.   

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