Legwork for Lungs 5k and Mile Walk
Organized by: Nastassja Kuznetsova
Hello, My name is Nastassja, I am 14 years old, and I am organizing the second annual Legwork for Lungs 5k benefiting lung cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Last year, our Legwork for Lungs Team sent a $2,750 check to MSK, and we had more than 150 people attend our event. This year's goal is bigger (and better): $5000+ for lung cancer research, meaning we must raise even more to cover expenses. Last year, we could not have had our event without the 35+ local businesses/organizations and dozens of individuals that contributed to our cause, and in 2015, we need you. Giving back to your communities is a simple and effective way to show that an organization truly cares and there are many opportunities for anyone to contribute to our event. However, direct funds that can be allocated by us to where they are needed most is one of the most efficient ways to help. We've tried our best to make contributing as easy as possible. Lately, it seems cancer is everywhere – in books, movies, a slew of fundraisers like this one, and most terrifyingly people’s lives. My personal reason to raise money for lung cancer research is because 3 years ago, a close family friend was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. The 5 year survival rate for this cancer is 1% with a median survival rate of 8 months after diagnosis (cancer.org), but she is nowhere near death. She’s fighting because she must fight, but most importantly she is living, and enjoying her life, friends, and family. I’ve known her since I was six, long enough to understand that this woman could never be reduced to a grim statistic, but her glaring mortality scared me. Being a bit of a control freak, I despised helplessness, particularly before tiny multiplying cells, and I know the best way I could thank her for what she has given to me is by helping people in her situation. This woman is a patient at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and has highly recommended this hospital as an organization truly worth donating to. MSK is a 501(c)(3) certified, tax deductible organization that is the world's oldest private cancer-care institution. You can learn more of the story behind this event and any other information at legworkforlungs.org.