Volunteering through my photography has been one of the most rewarding aspects of this career. I have heard and have been moved by many inspirational stories of beating the odds. This weekend I learned all that I needed to know about lung cancer. Did you know that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women? I personally had no idea! The American Lung Association created Lung Force to help educate and bring awareness to lung cancer and lung health.
This momentous event took place on City Island at Metro Bank Park. Upon arriving to the park, the first thing I noticed was a sea of turquoise - the signature color for Lung Force. Aside from the one mile (or optional 3 mile route) walk, there were plenty of things to see and do at the event. Open to the four legged creatures and all bipeds young and old, this event participants of all ages and sizes. The kiddos even had their own designated Kids Zone area which was equipped with hula hoops, Zumba lessons, balloon animals and hats, and an educational tent. What more could you need? Even Turkey Hilda from Turkey Hill and Red Robin stopped on by to say hello.
The adults also had plenty of options to learn and have fun. With the numerous props including turquoise feather boas and oversized glasses, the photo booth provided a great deal of entertainment for all participants. The snack area provided various foods to help keep the participants well nourished before the race. I was very impressed with the logo iced cookies that were made and donated by the Pennsylvania Bakery.
At 1:15pm the opening ceremony began which included four speeches, the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, releasing of doves, and the cutting of the Ribbon. What a memorable moment! At the conclusion of cutting of the ribbon, the walkers began their path across the walking bridge, down along the river to the Sunken Gardens, and back across the bridge.
Even though the wind was whipping around like crazy across the bridge, I still enjoyed watching all the happy faces walk across the finish line. I am very excited that I was able to be a part of this worthwhile cause. Check out the American Lung Association's website for more information about their cause and how you, too, can help out!