Today, the American Lung Association in Florida announced that the first-ever virtual Jacksonville LUNG FORCE Run/Walk will take place from November 1 – 30. Previously, the event was held at the Haskell Building, but was reimagined as an exciting virtual experience to promote social distancing.
For the LUNG FORCE Run/Walk, participants can complete their 5k run or walk when and where they choose during the month of November. On top of the 5k run/walk, the event will include a kick-off celebration on November 1, team and individual challenges, and activities each week throughout November to raise awareness and funds to end lung cancer and lung disease.
“People who live with lung diseases like asthma, lung cancer, COPD and pulmonary fibrosis are at a high risk for severe complications of COVID-19. For that reason, we are launching our first-ever virtual LUNG FORCE Run/Walk to ensure the safety of all our participants, staff and volunteers,” said Bethany Webb, development manager for the Lung Association. “Because of the global pandemic, it is more important than ever to support lung health.”
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.
“During this challenging time, it’s important for all those living with lung cancer and lung disease, including COVID-19, to feel hope, optimism, and support,” Webb added.
Registration for the LUNG FORCE Run/Walk is $25 for adults and $20 for children under 12. More information and registration are available at LUNGFORCE.org/Jacksonville.
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, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.