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LUNG FORCE Walk breathes life into the fight for lung health

Friday, January 1, 2010by  Nicole Harvey

WALLY team with their dogsAs part of the WALLY team, we get the opportunities to travel all around the Pacific Northwest attending local events. What’s more local than an event in your own neighborhood? This past weekend, the WALLY team attended the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE Walk in South Lake Union’s Denny Park.  For over 100 years, the American Lung Association has been involved in the fight for lung health trying to help overcome one of the most problematic cancers in the United States, lung cancer.

This walk reminded me of my own journey with a chronic lung issue. When I was 11 years old, I was diagnosed with asthma.

I like to think of myself as a NW Action Figure – especially since I love hiking in the Pacific Northwest and I also grew up dancing and playing softball, but without healthy lungs it makes it difficult to do all of these activities. We often forget how wonderful our bodies are and take for granted what they can do for us until they no longer function properly. This event was an opportunity for me to not only remember my own struggle with asthma, but also to recognize that there are many people who fight battles much worse than my own. I have a renewed gratefulness for my lungs (despite their need for an inhaler) and this event has inspired me to become involved in future endeavors by the American Lung Association.

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