Dear Friends and Family,
This year Aaron and I decided to tackle the Chicago Marathon. However, we knew we could not accomplish such a challenge without some great inspiration. Therefore, we decided to run our first marathon as part of the team, "A Breath Away from a Cure," in memory of my dad, Joseph Fortuna, who lost his life to lung cancer far too early. Though some of you never had the chance to meet my dad, anyone who did would tell you he was a man of incredible character, who dedicated his life to helping others as a father, mentor, and United States Marine. Running this marathon is just one way we would like to honor him by continuing to give of our time, talents, and resources to aid others .
Although we hear much in the media about other types of cancer, lung cancer remains the overall leading cancer cause of death in both men and women.The disease continues to evade our limited treatments and sadly more people actually pass away from the disease each year than 17 years ago when we lost my dad. However, there is hope with research efforts moving towards the improvement of screening methods for at-risk patients and the development of more targeted chemotherapy regimens. We're asking for your help in improving the odds for those who are diagnosed with lung cancer by donating to the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, "A Breath Away from a Cure" team. This organization is truly phenomenal and not only supports research but provides much needed emotional and financial support to patients and their families.
Please follow the link to find more about the great work the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation does.
If you're interested in more facts about the causes, mortality, and treatments for lung cancer please visit the American Lung Association webpage
Any donation you can make means the world to us and will make a great difference.
Thank you for supporting us and the fight against lung cancer.
Nicole and Aaron
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