Can you imagine what it would feel like to have an elephant sit on your chest? This is how one little boy recently described his asthma attack. You can make a difference for this boy and other children and adults like him by joining hundreds of walkers at Belmont State Lake Park on Nov. 5 in an effort to raise money to help find a cure for this life threatening disease.
Nearly 24 million Americans, including 57,000 Long Island children fight the battle against asthma every day. The American Lung Association's "Blow the Whistle on Asthma" 5K Asthma Walk is part of a nationwide effort designed to raise public awareness and the funds necessary to support the American Lung Association's fight against asthma.
The American Lung Association is currently recruiting individuals, small businesses and corporations to organize teams for this year's walk. Last year an estimated 700 people walked with whistles in hand, raising more than $130,000.
"With the proper treatment and resources, people affected by asthma can lead healthy, normal lives, but we need your support, " said David M. Martin, regional president of American Lung Association. "Join us on Nov. 5 for a fun-filled day at this year's "Blow the Whistle on Asthma" Walk and help us in our battle against the asthma epidemic.
This year marks the 101st year of service for the American Lung Association. With the generous support of the public and the help of volunteers, they have seen many advances against lung disease. However, their work is not finished. As they enter their second century, they will continue to strive to make breathing easier for everyone through their efforts in research, advocacy and education. The American Lung Association's activities are supported by donations to Christmas Seals and other voluntary contributions.
For more information on the "Blow the Whistle on Asthma!" 5K Walk, call 516-432-9133.