On 11/18/2012, I will participate in the Philadelphia Marathon to benefit LUNGevity Foundation and I am asking you to support my efforts. As many of you know, my mom passed away from lung cancer a couple years ago. Upon being diagnosed with lung cancer, there were very limited treatment options for her and she passed away 8 months later.
This will be my 5th marathon. The 2010 Philly marathon was my first, and I continued training for a spring marathon (Ocean Drive Marathon) which I got my time down to 4:05. And then this past Nov, I finally got under 4 hours with a 3:43!
The thought of running 26.2 miles still sounds crazy but is less and less scary each time around. My goal this time is to get as close to 3:30 as possible.
An awesome side note: my sister Jaime http://soc.li/ujcGt2Y will also be running. She is running her 3rd half marathon and is also fundraising for lung cancer research. Soon she will be doing the marathon too, she has that same addictive personality when it comes to running.
Every dollar that is contributed to LUNGevity Foundation brings us one step closer to finding a cure for lung cancer. Due to their unique partnerships with other organizations, every dollar that LUNGevity grants to lung cancer research is actually doubled.
LUNGevity Foundation was founded in November 2000 by seven lung cancer survivors. Today it is the leading private provider of lung cancer research funding and was named Charity Navigator's fastest growing charity as well as given their four star rating for fiscal responsibility.
The SCARY Statistics
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, regardless of gender or ethnicity.
- Lung cancer impacts one in 14 Americans and kills more than breast, prostate, colon, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and melanoma cancers combined.
- Lung cancer kills almost two times as many women as does breast cancer. Lung cancer kills almost three times as many men as prostate cancer.
- About 65% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or are former smokers.
- Lung cancer accounts for 15% of all new cancer diagnoses but 28% of all cancer deaths.
- While funding for breast, prostate and colorectal cancer research had grown exponentially over the years, there had been no corresponding growth for lung cancer research.
If you are wondering about the pic with the pillows under our shirts; my mom was tired of all the swelling from the steroids she was on and wanted to feel thin again, so we made her the smallest one in the picture!
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