WEST DES MOINES IOWA OCT. 13, 2012 – Local residents will lace up their sneakers and join the national movement to defeat lung cancer at the second annual Free to Breathe Central Iowa 5K Run/Walk at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines on Oct. 13. Proceeds from the event support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s life-changing research, education and awareness programs.
To register for this event or donate, visit www.FreetoBreathe.org.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Iowa and the United States, claiming the lives of more men and women than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Free to Breathe Central Iowa will unite lung cancer survivors, families, friends and advocates to form a community of hope, acting as a local catalyst to create change for everyone affected by the disease. This year alone, more than 40 Free to Breathe events in 26 states will bring together tens of thousands of people to help increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for programs that help patients.
“Free to Breathe events connect people whose lives have been touched by lung cancer,” said event organizer Jamie Morgan of Manson, Iowa. “Together, we’re building a movement of people committed to finding a cure for all types of lung cancer within our lifetime.”
In support of Free to Breathe Central Iowa 2011, community members, teams and local businesses helped raise $30,444 that directly benefits the Partnership’s programs that make a difference in the lives of lung cancer patients and their loved ones.
Those who can’t participate in Free to Breathe Central Iowa can take part in the National Walk Week happening Nov. 3 – Nov. 9. During this week, the Partnership invites supporters across the country to organize teams to raise funds and show solidarity by walking around the block, around the neighborhood or around town.