Lauren McCarthy wrote -In 2006 my Father, Jack McCarthy, went in for a physical prior to having knee surgery. With this physical came a long a chest x-ray... thank goodness! Due to this exam he was diagnosed with lung cancer. A slow growing carcinoma. Please do not confuse my relief with my apparent excitement. If it wasn't for that x-ray he may not have found the cancer for years. He was diagnosed in February of that year, had surgery in April and two months later made it to my grad school graduation in California!!! He had a great doctor who was able to get all of the cancer out in his first and only surgery. He was incredibly lucky. Yes he is now without a big part of his lung but most diagnosed with this type of lung cancer suffer much worse.
My Dad never smoked, was active and for the most part lived a healthy lifestyle. So My Mom, Sister and I could not believe it when we heard he had lung cancer. He didn't even have any symptoms besides a slight cough. We still do not know why my Dad developed lung cancer, which is why these fundraisers are so important. We need to help the research continue to find out where this comes from, why and how to prevent it.
Today my Dad plays tennis as he always has, but has also taken up bike riding and will join in the run on April 27th, despite the fact that he STILL has not fixed his knee! But my hope is for you to join our team and run or walk with us in central park. If you can not attend the race but are able to donate any amount it would be greatly appreciated!!!
This fundraising event was brought to me by a 21 year old student who is in remission from lung cancer. He also never smoked and has always lived a healthy lifestyle. This will not end unless we help to stop it. Hope to see you out there!