With a direct focus on the early detection of lung cancer, The Gift of Life and Breath is a 5k run/walk organized to provide research support and public awareness for early lung cancer detection.
It is the goal and intent of this event to offer a positive outreach to the community and give lung cancer the immediate attention it needs. Public awareness and support are both key factors in attracting the funding that is needed for this important endeavor.
Lung Cancer Statistics*
- 228,190 newly diagnosed (est.)
- 159,480 deaths from lung cancer (est.), accounting for about 27% of all cancer deaths (87,260 deaths in men, 72,220 deaths in women – est.)
- Lung cancer is the leading cancer death among men and women. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers combined.
*Statistics from American Cancer Society, “Cancer Facts & Figures 2013”