May 22, 2016
BENEFITING: THOMAS G LABRECQUE FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: THOMAS G LABRECQUE FOUNDATION
Help me support my Aunt Linnea and those who live with cancer
I will be running the New York City Marathon to raise money for team Run As One--a joint fundraiser between the Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation and LUNGevity, non-profit organizations dedicated to preventing lung cancer through research and awareness. I chose to support these organizations in particular knowing donations will be used effectively to promote lung cancer awareness and groundbreaking research. I ask you to join me in support.
Why I Run
To honor loved ones who passed away from cancer
Who I am today grew in part from my grandmother Sharon, my great-uncle Bob, and several other loved ones who died from cancer after living strong, thoughtful, compassionate lives.
To fund research, which has been a lifeline for my aunt Linnea.
In 2005, my aunt Linnea was diagnosed with invasive adenocarcinoma. At one point, she had approximately 33 tumor nodules in her lungs; her cancer was diagnosed as stage IV. While her body responded adversely to certain clinical trials, other clinical trials saved her life. Today, by sharing her story (her blog, outlivinglungcancer.com) and advocating for the importance of clinical trials research, she serves as a exceptional source of inspiration to many, and a source of love and support to her family and close friends.
To raise lung cancer awareness
While we must work to prevent and treat all cancers, I chose to focus on lung cancer. Lung cancer remains the leading cancer killer among both men and women in the United States. Furthermore, many don’t realize that more than 60 percent of people newly diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or have quit smoking. Over 50 percent of new lung cancer cases will be diagnosed at a very late stage—Stage IIIb or IV—when treatment options are limited. Only 15-16% percent of those diagnosed will live more than five years after diagnosis! This could be prevented if an early detection tool was available, and continued research is the key.
To support LUNGevity and The Labrecque Foundation
LUNGevity and The Labrecque Foundation remain committed to spreading lung cancer awareness in order to end the stigmas associated with the disease, knowing that greater understanding will bring increased funding. Medical research has enabled women to survive breast cancer and men to survive prostate cancer. The same can be done for lung cancer patients, but only with increased awareness and a greater commitment to funding for critical research.
Donate to Support Research
Please give a gift to my New York City Marathon race. Your donation will help make important progress possible and improve the lives of countless patients and families.
With your support, we can continue to make great strides against this disease and many others.
To Donate: Please use the “Donate” link to donate, see right. Alternatively, if you prefer to write out a check, you may also do so. Checks should be made out to “TGL Foundation,” and can be sent to my residence: Christopher Lee, 14 ½ Magnolia Ave Apt.#3, Cambridge, MA 02138.