Local residents are fueling the national movement to double lung cancer survival at the inaugural Free to Breathe Indianapolis Run/Walk June 22 at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.
The event will feature a 5k run/walk and 1-mile walk, followed by a rally, tot trot, silent auction, and family activities. 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 Indiana 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 Amber Back 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 Indianapolis 2013, community members, teams, and local businesses will champion the cause by raising funds 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 FreeToBreathe.org/indianapolis.
Those who can’t participate in Free to Breathe Indianapolis can participate in the National Walk Weeks June 1-8 and Nov. 2-9. National Walk Weeks provide 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.