American Lung Association Event Raises Awareness and Funds for Lung Cancer Research

| January 9, 2023 | 0 Comments

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S., and just this year, it is estimated that more than 17,000 California residents will be diagnosed with the disease. In an effort to end lung cancer, on January 29 at 7:30 a.m., the American Lung Association in California is hosting the LUNG FORCE Walk & Fun Run at Liberty Station NTC Park in San Diego.

The LUNG FORCE Walk, locally presented by Sharp Grossmont Hospital, is a celebratory and welcoming event that provides critical funds for lifesaving lung cancer research, early detection initiatives, and awareness outreach to all communities.

At the event, participants can walk or stroll a 5K scenic route at beautiful Liberty Station. Free event features and activities include BASE Camp, an interactive health learning experience led by lung health professionals, an electric vehicle ride and drive, rock climbing wall, wiffle ball batting cage and photo booth. Furry friends are welcomed.

American Lung Association Board member, former San Diego Padres outfielder and current Padres broadcaster Tony Gwynn Jr. will open the Walk festivities along with Radio Personality Delana Bennett of STAR 94.1 Radio. 

“At the LUNG FORCE Walk, San Diego, families, medical professionals, healthcare providers and lung health and clean air enthusiasts will come together to take small steps to make bold strides to end lung cancer,” said Gwynn Jr.

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.

“More than 9,600 Californians are estimated to lose their battles with lung cancer this year alone, but hope is here in the form of early lung cancer screening, detection and treatment,” said Rita Redaelli, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in California – San Diego. “More Americans than ever are surviving lung cancer, and survival rates has increased dramatically in the last five years.”

For more information and to register for the LUNG FORCE Walk in San Diego, visit

Participants can walk or stroll a 5K scenic route at beautiful Liberty Station.

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