In loving memory of Dianne Levorson
I am honored to participate for my eighth year in the Breath of Hope Lung Run. I look forward to this event every year not only as a way to remember my beautiful mother, but as a time to come together in community with a common goal: ending the suffering caused by lung cancer.
Eight years ago, when I signed up to run my first Lung Run, I couldn't run for more than 10 minutes without stopping. I was scared and worried that I wouldn't be able to meet my goal of running 3 miles. That fear was nothing compared to the fear my mom, and many others, face when they receive news of a lung cancer diagnosis. Running has now become my outlet, a time of silence, peace, and remembrance of the mother I lost to the deadliest cancer out there. Lung cancer is a killer. And the research simply isn't there to help us understand why and when this killer strikes. A Breath of Hope is doing remarkable work to reduce to stigma associated with lung cancer, increase awareness, and support researchers in the fight against lung cancer.
Not a day goes by that I don't think of my mom. Her compassion, kindness, strength and beauty fill my heart and mind. She didn't deserve to get sick. She fought hard in a fight she should have never been in. NO ONE deserves to be in that fight. Please join me in supporting a Breath of Hope and make a difference in the lives of those affected by lung cancer.
Support the fight to beat lung cancer!
I am fundraising for the 10th Anniversary A Breath of Hope Twin Cities Lung Run/Walk because:
- Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer, claiming more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers COMBINED;
- More than 160,000 Americans will die of lung cancer this year. Half are nonsmokers when diagnosed; and
- Lung cancer research remains dramatically underfunded.
The A Breath of Hope Twin Cities Lung Run/Walk originated in 2007 after a group of lung cancer patients, their family members and their nurse experienced the lack of awareness, resources and support for this devastating disease. They realized that without action, the 15% survival rate would not improve.
A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) in 2008 to fight lung cancer through awareness, patient and family support and innovative lung cancer research.
Please consider a donation to support my efforts to beat this unfair and misunderstood disease.
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