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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Free to Breathe

Posted November 5, 2009 10:14 a.m. EST
Updated November 5, 2009 12:04 p.m. EST

What are you doing Saturday morning? I’d like you to join me on NCSU’s Centennial Campus for the 3rd annual Free to Breathe event. There is something for everyone – a 5K run/walk, a one mile run/walk and rally.

Free to Breathe was organized by a group of dedicated survivors, advocates and healthcare professionals. The goal is pretty simple: to raise awareness and research funding for lung cancer.

Here are some facts about lung cancer that may surprise you. Lung cancer kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined. You don’t have to smoke to get lung cancer. Each year in this country lung cancer in people who have never smoked kills more people than AIDS. Every two minutes someone is diagnosed with the disease.

We’re expecting a crowd of close to 1,000 Saturday for the event presented by Duke Cancer Center Raleigh. It’s not too late to register. You can do so from 7:30-9:00 Saturday morning at 1099 Main Campus Drive. There will be a Survivors Breakfast at 7:45 and a special rally starting at 8:00. The one mile run/walk will begin at 9:00 with the 5K walk/run following at 9:30. Children under age six can compete in a Kids Dash at 10:30.

Please join us for a worthy cause Saturday morning, November 7. Tomorrow we’ll hear from a good friend who has fought lung cancer with courage, grace and dignity.

How about you? Do you have any personal stories about lung cancer? Please share.