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Iowa Heroes Unite to Double Lung Cancer Survival

Posted October 06, 2014 in Web Exclusives

West Des Moines, IA – Register, raise funds, and run or walk – that’s all it takes to be a hero in the eyes of a person facing lung cancer. Hundreds of people from across the state of Iowa will join the nationwide movement to double lung cancer survival by participating in the 4th annual Central Iowa Free to Breathe Run/Walk on Oc. 11, at the Raccoon River Park. All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring surviving lung cancer is the expectation, not the exception.

Lung cancer claims the lives of more people in the United States each year than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. In 2013, there were 6,420 cancer deaths in Iowa, according to American Cancer Society statistics. Of that, 1,780 or nearly 28 percent, were lung cancer deaths.

“It only takes one day of action to make a lifetime of impact,” said volunteer event co-chair Jaime Morgan of Urbandale. “By joining the Free to Breathe movement and fundraising, you help fund research that may unlock a new treatment that can save the life of someone in our state.”

The Free to Breathe events community, united in the belief that every person with lung cancer deserves a cure, has helped raise more than $10 million to fund crucial research and provide comprehensive resources to help people living with lung cancer make decisions about their care.

This year’s inspirational event will feature a 5K run/walk, 1-mile walk and kids’ dash with awards for the top fundraisers. The day will also include food and refreshments, a DJ, face painting, chair massages and fun for the whole family. Help double lung cancer survival by 2022. To register and begin fundraising, visit www.freetobreathe.org/centraliowa

Those who can’t take part in the Central Iowa Free to Breathe run/walk can bring their individual determination and creativity to the movement by organizing a community fundraising event of their own. Free to Breathe resources can help guide you to fundraise, mark a special occasion or host an event of your choosing – the possibilities are endless but the end result is certain – improving the lives of everyone affected by lung cancer. To get started today visit www.freetobreathe.org/community-fundraising.

Free to Breathe

Free to Breathe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022. For more information, visit www.freetobreathe.org.

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