Free to Breathe hosts run/walk

By Renee Larr
Take a deep breath. For some people that advice is easy to follow. For lung cancer patients the freedom to do so can be nonexistent.

Free to Breathe, a charity whose mission is to ensure surviving lung cancer is the expectation-not the exception, will host the third annual lung cancer 5K run/walk and one mile walk on June 27 at 9 a.m. at Fort Harrison State Park. The run/walk is presented by Franciscan St. Francis Health Cancer Center.

More than 221,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year in the United States and lung cancer kills more people than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. The money FTB raises goes toward research and support for patients and their families.

“With all the events that we have across the country our main goal is to build a support system for those affected with lung cancer. So we’re building, inspiring and empowering all those people across the country knowing that there aren’t a lot of support systems for them,” said Morgan Kuhn, regional events manager for FTB.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. there will be an opening rally where local survivors will speak. There will also be a celebration of lights. The kids will then join in the fun with a tot trot. The 5K begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by the one mile walk. Guests will be able to bid on auction items until 11:45 a.m.

“There will be a silent auction. Anything from gift cards to haircuts to kids’ birthday party places,” said Kuhn.

The cost to register is $25 for adults and $15 for kids. If you register on event day the price goes up to $30 and $20 respectively.

“Last year we raised over $23,000 and we had a little over 200 participants so our goal this year is $35,000 and 285 participants,” said Kuhn.

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