Today, I was approached by representatives of Free to Breathe, a local nonprofit that focuses on driving advances in Lung Cancer including research advocacy and more.
You would be hard pressed to find anyone that cancer has yet to touch, either directly, through friends, or within their own family. I myself have had run ins with it in both immediate and extended family, as well as close friends.
In doing our part to help promote the cause, we are sharing the following press release. Come out and take part in the run or walk activities on Saturday, November 7. Your time and effort will help the cause, and who knows, this could very well benefit you directly at some point in the future if you find yourself dealing with this debilitating disease.
Austin Locals Rally to Support Innovative Lung Cancer Research
Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk on November 7th to Fund Research and Double Survival
Austin, TX – The lung cancer community is on a mission: to make surviving lung cancer the expectation, not the exception. Hundreds of local residents will join in that mission by participating in the Austin Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk on November 7th at Richard Moya Park.
All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.
“Fundraising for lung cancer research can help families think of survival in terms of years, instead of months,” said volunteer event chair Lissa Bentley of Austin. “By taking action in the Free to Breathe movement and fundraising, you’re bringing hope and empowerment to all those touched by the disease.”
United in the belief that every person with lung cancer deserves a cure, the Free to Breathe community has helped raise more than $12 million to fund groundbreaking research, enroll more patients in clinical trials and provide free educational resources to those living with lung cancer.
Community members, teams and local businesses came together during the 2014 Austin Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk to raise over $22,000 for a disease that touches over 224,000 newly diagnosed patients each year. Event chairs hope to reach their goal of $40,000 this year, which will go a long way in supporting lung cancer research and educational programs.
The 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk will be the main focus at this year’s enlivening event. Face painting, a kids’ dash and a great local DJ will accompany an already invigorating day that the entire family can enjoy. Special recognition will be given to top finishers and fundraising heroes. Help double lung cancer survival by 2022. To register and begin fundraising, visit http://www.freetobreathe.org/austin.
Those who aren’t able to attend the Austin Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk can still have an enormous impact by registering and fundraising as a virtual walker in the event. Or, those who wish to create their own unique fundraiser can access tools from Free to Breathe that will help turn any passion into a custom fundraising opportunity. The possibilities are endless but the end result is certain — improving the lives of everyone affected by lung cancer. To get started today visit www.freetobreathe.org/community-fundraising.
Free to Breathe
Free to Breathe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by
2022. For more information, visit www.freetobreathe.org.