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Free to Breathe champions lung cancer survival

Special to The Dallas Examiner

Dallas Examiner | 5/13/2013, 12:47 p.m. | Updated on 5/13/2013, 12:47 p.m.
Children and adult runners race to the finish line during the 2012 Free to Breathe Dallas/Fort Worth Run/Walk. Photo courtesy of Free to Breathe

Lung cancer claims more lives in Texas 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, organizations like Free to Breathe has funded 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 Susan Swanson 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.”

On May 19, the group will host its third annual Free to Breathe Dallas/Fort Worth Run/Walk at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, located at 5901 Los Rios Blvd. in Plano.

Last year, community members, teams and local businesses championed the cause by raising more than $153,000 to help patients and families affected by lung cancer.

This year, events across the country will raise funds and unite lung cancer survivors, families and friends. Anyone interested can register, donate or start a personal fundraising page at http://www.freetobreathe.org.

Those who can’t participate this month can participate in the National Walk Weeks June 1 through June 8 and/or Nov. 2 through Nov. 9.