Hike for Lung Health
Save the Date: September 17, 2017
Hike for Lung Health is a multi-charity fundraising walk hosted by Respiratory Health Association.
Teams of families, friends and coworkers walk in Chicago's Lincoln Park in support of the lung charity of their choice. The event offers a 1-mile, 3-mile or virtual option.
Everywhere you turned at the 10th Anniversary Hike for Lung Health, you could see the importance and impact of the event. Families and friends surrounded individuals living with lung disease, t-shirts featured photos of loved ones lost, and host Respiratory Health Association and eight charity partners shared vital information about their specific area of focus, treatment and research options. One of those partners, Second Wind Lung Association, was celebrating its second year being part of Hike for Lung Health.
Held on a warm and sunny Sunday, September 26, 2016, 687 participants walked a one mile or three mile path through Lincoln Park to raise awareness about lung disease and funds for education, research and policy change. Another 200 individuals were “virtual walkers,” tracking their miles at home, in the gym, or even as part of pulmonary rehabilitation.
Collectively, the 2016 Hike for Lung Health participants have raised nearly $99,000 to combat lung disease. Despite it being just their second year as a charity partner, Second Wind Lung Association participants were the second highest fundraisers, collecting $5,590 to support their mission. In individual fundraising efforts, Second Wind vice president Frank Shields was second overall, raising $3,105.
The Hike for Lung Health concept – that as a united lung health community, we can achieve more together than working alone – continues to build on its success. By sharing the event, RHA and the charity partners keep costs low so that more dollars raised go directly to help those affected by lung disease and prevent it in the future. Hike for Lung Health is a celebration of collaboration and RHA looks forward to have Second Wind Lung Association as a charity partner for many years to come.
View photos from the 2016 Hike here!
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