PR Virtual Walk Team

Use Hike for Lung Health as motivation with your PR group

Leading a PR Virtual Walk Team works well for many rehab groups. By incorporating Hike for Lung Health into weekly rehab sessions, patients experience a new focus, extra incentive and a fun twist in their regular schedule. Their families and your staff can show support as team members too, logging their own steps along with your PR group and/or attending the walk.

Be as creative as you wish

The concept is completely flexible – there are no rules. Make Hike for Lung Health work for the unique needs of your PR group(s) by tracking individual progress or distance however you decide.

Successful efforts for past PR Virtual Walk Teams have included:

  • Bulletin board displays
  • Group competitions
  • Themed teams
  • Small prizes
  • A celebratory lunch/party

You can also schedule an onsite visit from RHA for encouragement before the event or afterward as part of your celebration.

Hike for Lung Health Virtual Walkers are invited to Lincoln Park in Chicago on Sunday, September 17 to join the event day festivities without “the walk.” Seating is available – simply come have fun and be a part of the lung health community. All PR Virtual Teams are recognized during the event.

The $15 per person registration fee includes a Hike for Lung Health T-shirt. These are shipped to you before the event date and can be distributed to team members however you choose.

Raise awareness & funds in your community

As a charity walk, participants may want to fundraise for Respiratory Health Association or one of our Hike charity partners. If RHA is selected, all donations raised support our mission to prevent lung disease, promote clean air and help people live better through education, research and policy change.

RHA serves an estimated one million Chicagoland residents diagnosed with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, lung cancer, and other lung diseases through community-based interventions.

Form Your Team Today

  • Select a team captain (required); typically the rehab leader registers as the team captain.
  • Create a team name or use your hospital name. Be sure to preface it with “RHA” e.g. RHA – South Suburban Hospital Rehab.
  • Register the team online at hikeforlunghealth.org. Then encourage your patients and other team members to register at the site. Or copy the enclosed registration form to provide to each team member and mail completed forms to RHA with payment.
  • To receive a t-shirt, registrations must be received by the PR Team registration deadline.
  • Schedule an RHA visit to your PR group. Our presentation can be 15 – 30 minutes, tailored specifically to your needs, with information provided about Hike for Lung Health, our COPD programs, the upcoming Living Better Together COPD Conference, etc. Contact Amy O’Rourke, RHA’s Director of Programs, at (312) 628-0217 or aorourke@lungchicago.org or Jamie Truesdale, Special Events Manager, at (312) 628-0223 or jtruesdale@lungchicago.org.

Need more ideas or want to brainstorm ways to make Hike’s PR Virtual Walk Team work for your PR group? Contact Gina Schwieger, Senior Director of Special Events, via email at gms@lungchicago.org or by phone at (312) 628-0210.