‘You’re a warrior.’ Carol Silva speaks at inaugural Lung Force Walk at Eisenhower Park
Saturday's rainy weather didn't stop more than 500 Long Islanders from participating in the first ever "Lung Force Walk" in East Meadow.
The American Lung Association-sponsored event at Eisenhower Park was intended to raise awareness and money for lung disease research and education.
Former News 12 morning anchor Carol Silva - a two-time cancer survivor - was recognized at the opening ceremony. She said that she wasn't surprised at the outpouring of support in the wet weather.
"When you fight cancer, you're a warrior. When you fight other lung diseases, you're a warrior, and the people who support you are warriors too. So it doesn't surprise me that everybody is here in the rain, what's a little rain?" Silva said.
Organizers hoped to raise more than $115,000.