Locals set to rally, walk for Lung Cancer Research


Hundreds of local residents are joining forces to fight lung cancer, united in the belief that surviving lung cancer should be the expectation, not the exception. The Puget Sound Free to Breathe 5K run/walk and one-mile walk presented by Korum for Kids Foundation will take place Saturday, Sept. 9 at Wright Park, 501 S. I St. This year is the 10th anniversary of the event. All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to increasing lung cancer survival.

“By fundraising and joining us on event day, you are bringing hope to those affected by the disease and their families,” said volunteer event chair Julie Drobny of Tacoma. “Lung cancer claims more lives each year than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined, yet these three cancers receive more research funding. More treatment options are needed, and the innovative research we’re funding through the fundraising efforts of our community can help ensure everyone diagnosed with the disease has a fighting chance.”

The Free to Breathe events community has raised over $16 million to support groundbreaking research and educational programs since 2005. Funds raised support life-saving lung cancer research, promote access to clinical trials while building and empowering the lung cancer community.

Last year, community members, teams, and companies across the region supported the Puget Sound Free to Breathe 5K run/walk and one-mile walk by raising over $82,000. Event chairs hope to surpass that total in 2017, which will go a long way in supporting programs specifically designed to ensure that more patients become survivors. Every dollar counts to the more than 224,000 people diagnosed in the U.S with lung cancer each year. In Washington alone, an estimated 4,390 residents will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017.

The day will include an opening rally, closing rally, prize drawing, music from a local DJ, kids’ activities and fun for the whole family. Special recognition will be given to top finishers and fundraisers. Gather your squad, and join us for an inspiring day focused on doubling lung cancer survival. To register and begin fundraising, visit www.freetobreathe.org/pugetsound.

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