Lung FORCE walk takes over boardwalk, for a good cause
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Sunday morning, over 100 people laced up their sneakers and headed to the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach for a walk to support lung health and end lung cancer.
“We’re out here fighting to raise money and we’re going to do it,” says Janet Mitchell, a participant in the event.
Mitchell tells us, she lost both her parents to a form of lung disease, and is working to make sure no one else has to go through this.
“Even though it’s been three years for my mom and 14 for my dad, it still hurts every day,” says Mitchell.
Lynda Neef with the American Lung Association in Delaware tells 47 ABC the day is more than just walking the boardwalk and raising money, it’s about educating community members about how lung cancer can affect anyone, even if you don’t think it will.
“The stories like that are the stories that impact me because I think more people need to really understand that non-smokers are diagnosed with lung cancer,” says Neef. Mitchell adds, “That’s mind blowing that two, thirds are non-smokers, what does that say about our environment?”
Organizers say this year’s turnout after taking a year off was amazing. This year’s goal was to raise $70,000 and they’re already over $63,000. “It is truly humbling that people are so giving but they’re so enthusiastic about fundraising for the mission,” says Neef.
It’s events and fundraisers like these that show the true faith in humanity to help and support everyone, in this fight according to organizers. “To hear these young folks that still have children, little children in the fight that we’re all doing that were charging forward we’re gonna do this we’re gonna end it,” says Mitchell.
We’re told the lung association is still taking donations to meet their goal of $70,000. If you want to donate, just head to their website.