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San Diego Locals Rally to Support Innovative Lung Cancer Research

Free to Breathe 5k Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk on Sunday, August 6 to Fund Research and Double Survival

San Diego CA— 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 San Diego Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1-Milke Walk will take place Sunday, August 6 at the Embarcadero Marina Park North (400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101). 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 event co-chair Barry Davis of San Diego. “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.”

Photo: Barrera Photography

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 San Diego Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk by raising $53,000. 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 California alone, an estimated 18,270 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 a Survivors Area, kids’ activities including face painting and coloring, music from a local DJ, plenty of refreshments 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/sandiego.