Dallas/Fort Worth Locals Rally to Support Innovative Lung Cancer Research

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Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk on Sunday, May 21 to Fund Research and Double Survival

Dallas, TX – Hundreds of local residents are joining forces to fight lung cancer, united in the belief that surviving lung cancer should be the expectation, not the exception. The Dallas/Fort Worth Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk will take place Sunday, May 21 at the Oak Point Park Amphitheater (2801 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074). All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to increasing lung cancer survival.

“By fundraising and joining us on event day, you are bringing hope to those affected by the disease and their families,” said volunteer Angie Nelson of Dallas. “Lung cancer claims more lives each year than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined, yet these three cancers receive more research funding. More treatment options are needed, and the innovative research we’re funding through the fundraising efforts of our community can help ensure everyone diagnosed with the disease has a fighting chance.”

The Free to Breathe events community has raised over $16 million to support groundbreaking research and educational programs since 2005. Funds raised support life saving lung cancer research, promote access to clinical trials while building and empowering the lung cancer community.

Last year, community members, teams, and companies across the region supported the Dallas/Fort Worth Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk by raising over $133,000. Event chairs hope to surpass that total in 2017, which will go a long way in supporting programs specifically designed to ensure that more patients become survivors. Every dollar counts to the more than 224,000 people diagnosed in the U.S with lung cancer each year. In Texas alone, an estimated 14,560 residents will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017.

This year’s event will feature a 5K run/walk and 1-mile walk. The day will also include music by local popular band Signed Sealed Delivered, a raffle with prizes, kids activities including face painting and a bounce house and snow cones, and fun for the whole family. Special recognition will be given to top finishers and fundraisers. Gather your squad, and join us for an inspiring day focused on doubling lung cancer survival. To register and begin fundraising, visit www.freetobreathe.org/dallas.