EVENT: San Francisco Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Jul 27, 2014
I've decided to "use my lungs" again in 2014 and raise money for the Bonnie J Addario A Breath Away From the Cure Foundation -- funding lung cancer research and programs for those currently suffering from the disease. Thank you for clicking this link, and for reading these words.
If you've followed this link, you likely know very well my mom passed away after about a year's battle with lung cancer. There aren't many words I can conjure up to describe the events of that year at this time, or words that would even pay proper homage to the memories created in that short period of time. Suffice it to say not a day goes by that she is not on my mind and this is one way I'd like to honor her memory. She was strong, independent, and painfully generous. Watching her succumb to this awful disease was the hardest thing I've ever had to do.
This year, my sisters are also planning on joining the run and fundraise-- once they get over their fear of training for 13.1 miles! With them on this journey with me, it should be a great day for us to all come together and celebrate our amazing mom.
Last year the experience was very rewarding -- I believe I raised around $1700! Amazing. I'll try not to injure myself this time (no guarantees). Outside of that -- the LCF is such a great organization and founded by an amazing lung cancer survivor. They have an amazing support group and online community for those currently suffering and their family members, they contribute loads of money to research with a goal towards a cure. This is a legitimate and very well deserving foundation, your dollars will not be wasted.
Some things I've learned about lung cancer...
It is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. (See CDC website) It's the second leading cause of all deaths in the United States. Yet the funding pales in comparison to other cancers. In my opinion, this is due in large part to the stigma associated with lung cancer. Keep in mind that almost 80% of diagnoses of lung cancer are of individuals who never or formerly smoked. Still, I think we all know and love smokers and would never feel their death due to lung cancer was somehow less worthy.
The 5 year survival rate for lung cancer is nearly 16%. Not a good prognosis.
Whatever you can give, big or small, thank you. If you cannot give, please share with those that can. If you want more information, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
The Bonnie J Addario A Breath Away From The Cure Foundation wrote -
Lend your lungpower and join last year's #1 Fundraising team: A Breath Away! When you join A Breath Away you'll help the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) raise funds for research and patient services, help us reach our immediate goal of increasing survival rates and providing hope to those suffering with lung cancer.
“Empowered patients live longer. Our message is simple… we want to live.”
– Bonnie J. Addario; ALCF Founder & lung cancer survivor