Local residents are fueling the national movement to double lung cancer survival at the sixth annual Free to Breathe Athens Run/Walk Nov. 16 at Sandy Creek Park in Athens. The inspirational event will feature an exhilarating 5K run/walk and 1-mile walk, followed by a rally and awards for top finishers and fundraisers and fun for the whole family. Proceeds from the event support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s programs dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.
Lung cancer claims more lives in Georgia than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. In addition, lung cancer’s five-year survival rate is only 16 percent, much lower than that of many other cancers. However, through community efforts like Free to Breathe, the Partnership funds groundbreaking research necessary for making the dramatic breakthroughs in early detection and treatment that can save lives.
“The research and resources funded through Free to Breathe are reaching the people who need them most,” event organizer Tiffany Hudak said. “Together, we’re building the promise – made to hundreds of thousands of families across the country – of lifesaving treatments and cures. I’m proud to be a part of this transformative effort, and I encourage the entire community to join me in embracing the Free to Breathe movement.”
In support of Free to Breathe Athens 2012, community members, teams and local businesses championed the cause by raising more than $57,000 to help patients and families affected by lung cancer.
This year, Free to Breathe events across the country will raise funds and unite lung cancer survivors, families and friends. Anyone interested can register for an event, donate online or start a personal fundraising page at www.freetobreathe.org.
Those who can’t participate in Free to Breathe Athens can participate in the National Walk Week Nov. 2 – 9. National Walk Week provides a way for everyone to join the movement. Supporters make this walk their own by gathering friends, family and co-workers to walk when and where they choose.