EAST ORANGE – The American Lung Association in New Jersey will host its fourth annual ‘BJ’s Walk for Hope,’ on Saturday, May 14 at Elmwood Park in East Orange. The walk, occurring from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free to attend and open to the public. The event is part of an effort to raise awareness of asthma – a chronic lung disease affecting over 600,000 people in New Jersey.
“We are extremely proud of this annual event and hopeful it will continue to raise awareness of asthma,” says Pamela Kates, event organizer and daughter of Barbara “BJ” Jackson, for which ‘BJ’s Walk for Hope’ is inspired.
Barbara “BJ” Jackson, a respected community leader, passed away from an asthma attack in 2006. “Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. It’s important that we realize the importance research and education can play in the prevention and management of lung disease, particularly asthma,” Kates said.
Asthma is a lung disease characterized by an inflammation of the airways. Some level of obstruction is always present in those who suffer from asthma, but more severe reactions can occur due to an exposure to a variety of triggers, including cigarette smoke, mold, dust, pollen, household products and other factors.
‘BJ’s Walk for Hope’ aims to raise $25,000 in the fight against asthma and lung disease. To register for the walk, contact Kates at 1-973-868-5491 or visit www.lunginfo.org/bjsnjwalk. A rain date is scheduled for May 21.
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