The Gift of Life & Breath is dedicated to raising awareness and funding to support the critical research needed for early detection of lung cancer. Race founders Gary and Thelissa Zollinger learned firsthand the difficulties faced with a deadly cancer that is rarely diagnosed in its early stages.

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 is the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women in the United States.

2011 Lung Cancer Statistics
• 221,130 newly diagnosed
• 156,940 deaths from lung cancer (85,600 among men and 71,340 among women), accounting for about 27% of all cancer deaths.
• Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

The single biggest obstacle in advancing research for the early detection of lung cancer is financial support. Private gifts make it possible to accelerate the rate at which researchers can pursue their work. Support of this nature allows scientists to test new theories that otherwise cannot be explored. This initial research often leads to them receiving larger grants that allow them to continue their efforts.

Your gift could mean the difference between life and breath.
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This is a very important cause. Have fun and enjoy each deep breath! ~ Nicki Johnson

Created March 17, 2012

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Rebecca Blondo

Central City, CO