October 9, 2009
Last month, my friend Anne and I went to Chicago to the Chicago Lung Run. This was the 6th annual Run, however, my first time to go to this event.
They had over 1600 people attend the event and the proceed went to local Chicago area researchers. We were quite impressed with the momentum and turn out. It was a beautiful late summer day, with a clear blue sky and coolness in the air.
One of the LCFA Founders David Sturges actually did the run. I stood on the side lines and cheered the participates. I was quite proud of David running–as he is a lung cancer survivor himself and has had two lobes removed. I was thinking silently that I couldn’t have attempted to run even one block, much less miles. They gave him a special t-shirt with bold letters ‘Survivor’ on the back.
Just attending the event was empowering. Besides being there with a Lung Cancer Foundation of America booth, it was awesome to attend an event to raise money for lung cancer research. I admit, I am jealous of all the awareness and fund raising activities for breast cancer. Purely jealous. Lung cancer needs this so much, and there are so few activities for lung cancer research. So, attending this event was empowering.