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Survivors + Supporters Gather on October 21 for LUNGevity’s Breathe Deep NYC 3K
- Master of Ceremonies MSNBC Anchor Richard Lui Announced-
-Elected Officials + Former President Bill Clinton’s Surgeon Dr. Joshua Sonett to Speak-
-“Bubbles + Bells Ceremony” to Blow Wishes + Send Love to Those Passed-
-Live Entertainment + Children’s Activities + Tricky Tray Prizes + an iPad Raffle Included-
New York City (October 17, 2012) – Hundreds of people whose lives have been impacted by lung cancer will gather in Battery Park for LUNGevity Foundation’s Breathe Deep NYC 3K Walk on Sunday, October 21, 2012. This is the 6th year for Breathe Deep New York, which has grown over 15% since its inception and is the only walk of its kind in NYC to benefit lung cancer. LUNGevity, the nation’s largest lung cancer-focused nonprofit, hosts the event to raise awareness and funds for earlier detection and more effective treatments of lung cancer.
The morning is full of live entertainment, fun activities for kids, free refreshments, and more for participants to enjoy. Elected officials and former surgeon to President Bill Clinton, Dr. Joshua Sonett, will speak. MSNBC Dayside News Anchor Richard Lui will serve as Master of Ceremonies. For the first time, the day will include a “Bubbles and Bells Ceremony” to celebrate lung cancer survivors and to blow wishes and love to those we are remembering.
What: 6th Annual LUNGevity Breathe Deep NYC 3K Walk
When: Sunday, October 21, 2012
- 8:30 am: Check-in/registration begins
- 9:00 am: Team photos
- 10:00 am: Event program
- 10:30 am: 3K walk
- 12:00 noon: Closing ceremony
Where: Battery Park, outside the Battery Gardens Restaurant, near 17 State Street.
For more information, please visit www.lungevity.org/nycwalk
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand commented on Breathe Deep NYC:
“Lung cancer affects 1 in 14 people across the
country, and LUNGevity’s Breathe Deep NYC Walk will raise lifesaving funds for
lung cancer research,” said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. “I commend the
efforts of LUNGevity and everyone participating in the Breathe Deep NYC Walk
for raising public awareness and walking to fight lung cancer. I pledge my
support and commitment to the battle against lung cancer.”
“We need all hands on deck to combat the deadly scourge of lung cancer,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “I commend the LUNGevity Breathe Deep NYC Walk for raising critical awareness and funding for lung cancer research.”
Both U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand co-sponsored the 2011 Lung Cancer Mortality Act, which called for the implementation of a comprehensive program to achieve a 50% reduction in the mortality rate of lung cancer by 2020.
Listed below are community member participants who are available for interviews on-site to share their personal experiences with lung cancer.
The Breathe Deep walks and runs are LUNGevity’s nationwide signature events, launched by the foundation to raise public awareness and critical funds needed for lung cancer research. Through LUNGevity’s expansive grassroots network, communities, celebrities, corporate executives and elected officials across the country are coming together to stand up to the nation’s number-one cancer killer. LUNGevity’s Breathe Deep events offer a place for those impacted by the disease to share, hope, and heal.
Lung cancer takes more lives annually than colorectal, breast, pancreatic, and prostate cancers combined. In fact, with one in 14 Americans diagnosed in his or her lifetime, the number of people who die from lung cancer is equal to having a jumbo jet fall from the sky every single day. More than half the people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or have already quit smoking. There is no widely available and cost-effective early diagnostic test, and only 16 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive five or more years post-diagnosis.
LUNGevity Foundation has the largest grants award program for lung cancer research among lung cancer nonprofit organizations in the United States. In the past two years alone, LUNGevity has awarded over $5 million to the most promising lung cancer research projects. In addition to funding research, the foundation has a robust national grassroots network, with events happening across the country. The organization also has the largest online support community for lung cancer patients and their loved ones. For more information, visit www.lungevity.org.