Join LUNGevity for Inaugural Breathe Deep and Jump DC, Rappel from Downtown D.C.'s Woodward and Lothrop Building to Help End Lung Cancer

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Registration open for event to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer research

WASHINGTON (July 25,2012) – LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s largest lung cancer-focused nonprofit, announces registration open for its inaugural Breathe Deep and Jump DC rappelling event to raise awareness and funds for more effective treatments for the nation’s number one cancer killer.

The Foundation has teamed with Over The Edge (OTE), a company that creates signature rappelling fundraising events for nonprofit organizations, to host the event on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

Participants will rappel 11 stories down from the Woodward and Lothrop Building in downtown Washington, D.C. The event will last from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is the only one of its kind this year in D.C.

Join LUNGevity for an exciting day of rappelling and support. Awards will be given to the top three fundraisers, and registration is limited to 92 participants. The event also creates volunteer opportunities for those not rappelling who wish to support the effort to raise funds for lung cancer research.

Sponsorship opportunities for the event are also available. OTE includes a special “toss your boss” feature where company teams can raise funds to give thrill-seeking supervisors the chance to rappel.

Note to Rappellers: To be an “Over the Edge” rappeller, participants must have raised or contributed a minimum of $1,000 and weigh greater than 100 and less than 300 pounds. Rappel times will be given to participants on September 17. Rappelling experience is not required, but participants should arrive on-site at least an hour in advance of their rappel time for training and set-up, and completion of required forms. To learn more about what to expect as a participant, go here.

WHAT:      Breathe Deep and Jump DC

WHEN:      September 29, 2012

                 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.           

COST:       Registration Fee: $50

                 Fundraising Minimum: $1,000

WHERE:     Woodward and Lothrop Building

                 1025 F Street NW

                  Washington, D.C. 20004

To learn more and to register, go to: lungevity.org/jumpdc

*For questions about Breathe Deep and Jump DC, and for sponsorship opportunities, email jumpdc@lungevity.org

Over the Edge is one of two Breathe Deep events occurring in Washington, D.C. this fall.  LUNGevity’s fourth annual Breathe Deep DC 5k walk to raise funds and critical awareness for lung cancer research is happening Sunday, November 4 on the National Mall. The walk offers a place for those impacted by the disease to share, remember, hope and heal. LUNGevity encourages you to join both Breathe Deep events to help end lung cancer. To learn more about the Breathe Deep DC walk, go to: www.lungevity.org/dc

Through the support of critical research for the early detection and successful treatment of lung cancer, as well as providing information, resources and a community to patients and caregivers, LUNGevity is creating and sharing hope for cures, treatments and enhanced quality of life for lung cancer patients.

About LUNGevity Foundation

The mission of LUNGevity Foundation is to have a meaningful impact on improving lung cancer survival rates, ensure a higher quality of life for lung cancer patients and provide a community for those impacted by lung cancer. It does so by supporting critical research into the early detection and successful treatment of lung cancer, as well as by providing information, resources and a support community to patients and caregivers.  

LUNGevity seeks to inspire the nation to commit to ending lung cancer.

For more information about the grants or LUNGevity Foundation, please visit www.lungevity.org.

About Lung Cancer

  • 1 in 14 Americans is diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime
  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, regardless of gender or ethnicity
  • Lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as breast cancer and more than three times as many men as prostate cancer
  • About 55% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or are former smokers
  • Only 16% of all people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive 5 years or more, BUT if it’s caught before it spreads, the chance for 5-year survival improves dramatically