Deerfield Walk to Fund Research on America’s Deadliest Cancer

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The Second Annual Deerfield Lung Cancer Awareness Walk will kick off from DeerfieldÂ?s Maplewood Park at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, with proceeds from the event benefiting the LUNGevity Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated exclusively to funding research in the treatment and cure of lung cancer.

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Eighty-five percent of lung cancer patients do not live very long after their diagnosis, but a walk in Deerfield this month hopes to provide them with better treatment options and, ultimately, a cure.

The Second Annual Deerfield Lung Cancer Awareness Walk will kick off from Deerfield’s Maplewood Park at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, with proceeds from the event benefiting the LUNGevity Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated exclusively to funding research in the treatment and cure of lung cancer.

Although lung cancer is the number one cancer killer, claiming the lives of more than 160,000 Americans annually – more than breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer combined – it receives a small fraction of research funding as compared to other cancers. Learning this inspired lung cancer patients Gayle Levy, Kay Barmore, Patti Helfand, Melissa Zagon, and other survivors to establish the LUNGevity Foundation in 2000.

LUNGevity supports the innovative work of clinical researchers seeking new treatments, and ultimately, a cure. In six years, the organization has grown into a recognizable force in funding lung cancer research, partnering on more than $2.5 million in grants with national organizations such as the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, and the American Thoracic Society.

Gayle Levy lost her life to lung cancer, but her mother, Joan Grossman, continues her commitment to a cure by raising money for LUNGevity through the Deerfield Lung Cancer Awareness Walk. The Walk hopes to raise several thousand dollars for lung cancer research.

The Second Annual Deerfield Lung Cancer Awareness Walk is one of more than a dozen events taking place around the country this fall and spring to benefit the LUNGevity Foundation and bring attention to the need for more research funding.

Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for children 16 years and younger. All walkers will receive a t-shirt. To register, contact Joan Grossman at joan(at)grossmanpartners.com or register on-line at http://www.lungevity.org/deerfield.

About the LUNGevity Foundation:

The LUNGevity Foundation is the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to funding lung cancer research. Its goal is to save the lives of the 170,000 Americans newly diagnosed with lung cancer each year, eighty-five percent of whom will die within five years without the development of new diagnostic and treatment methods. Partnering with the foremost physicians and research scientists in the world, the foundation supports innovative lung cancer research. For more information, contact (773) 281-LUNG (5864) or http://www.lungevity.org.

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