Lung Advocates To Participate In ‘Fight For Air 5K Run And Walk’

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania will host its 12th annual Wilkes-Barre Fight for Air 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Kings’ College Betzler Fields, 221 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. Event check-in and registration begins at 9:00 a. m. with the race and walk starting at 10:00 a. m. This year’s presenting sponsor for the event is Kindred Hospital.

The Wilkes-Barre Fight for Air Run and Walk joins the community to raise awareness and monetary support for the 35 million Americans who suffer from asthma and other lung diseases. Each participant that runs in the 5k pays a $25 registration fee. Those who walk in the event are not required to pay a registration fee. This year, the ALA-PA’s goal is to raise $60,000 for prevention, research and advocacy programs, such as Better Breathers Support Groups, asthma camps for children, ‘Lunch and Learn’ programs for businesses, and other school-based programs.

“I have participated in the Fight for Air walk since 2009 after several of my family members passed away due to lung cancer,” said Donna Hines of Wilkes-Barre Twp. “I’m not only a participant, but also a volunteer at the event, assisting wherever I’m needed. I know how important these donations are for future research and services to help those with lung disease, such as asthma camps for kids, better breather clubs, and educational programs. I often do the walks with all three of my children, and it helps them understand the importance of keeping the memory of loved ones alive through volunteering to help others. I enjoy seeing so many people of all ages come together for a common cause.”

The American Lung Association displays a Tribute Wall with photographs of participants’ loved ones who suffer, or who have suffered, from lung disease. The event will include a “Wet and Wild” water sprinkler walk route for kids (and kids at heart) and an ice cream social after the walk.

“For me, the Tribute Wall makes this the most memorable event, because it is where pictures of our loved ones are placed to show the importance of why we are walking,” adds Hines. “I can’t think of anything more meaningful than each one of us doing our part to fight for air.”

For more information or to register, visit www.lunginfo.org/wbwalkor contact Donna Ray-Reifler at 570-823-2212 or dreifler@lunginfo.org