The American Lung Association will host its first Lung Force Walk in Tallahassee at Cascade Park Saturday, May 30 at 8 a.m.
The event will help raise money for research, advocacy, education, and awareness of lung cancer; the funding will assist scientists in developing early cancer detection methods and protocols to save women lives.
Mallory Izbicki, Development Manager of the American Lung Association, expressed the urge to raise awareness about lung cancer and its risks. Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer to women in the U.S.
“We raise our voices for innovations in research that will lead to earlier detection and more personalized treatments, so that everyone has a fighting chance,” Izbicki said. “We work to advance lung health, a life free of lung disease for everyone who suffers from asthma, COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other lung diseases.”
Registration for the free event will begin at 8 a.m. and the walk will start at 9 a.m. with a one mile ‘Lung Heroes’ lap around the park.
After finishing, participants will return to Meridian Plaza for music, food, lung health and advocacy information, a chance to visit sponsors, mission tents and prize drawings.
Businesses such as Trader Joes, Uncle Maddio’s, New Leaf Market, Starbucks and Axios Salt Spa will provide free giveaways.
Crystal Gill, a fourth-year nursing student from Thomasville, Ga., said she is attending the Lung Force Walk with fellow students from Florida State University.
“I donate to the American Lung Association in honor of my grandmother, who died three years ago from Cancer,” Gill said.
The Lung Force Walk is sponsored by several organizations such as: Gulf Winds Track Club-Tallahassee Marathon, iHeartMedia, Capital Health Plan and Move Tallahassee.
Anthony Giordano, a Tallahassee Community College first-year marine biology student from Tallahassee is proud to be a part of the Lung Force Walk.
“I hope for a lot of participants and a great walk,” Giordano said.
For more information about Lung Force Walk visit http://action.lung.org/site/TR?pg=informational&sid=7051&fr_id=10831