As the public relations agency for the Lung Cancer Alliance’s San Diego Breath of Hope Lung Cancer 5K Walk, we thought it would be a good idea for us talk the talk and walk the walk for what we were promoting. Please join us on Sunday, May 1 to support the Lung Cancer Alliance Walk — grown-ups and kids welcome. Your walk contribution of $30 (kids $15) is greatly appreciated and includes a free ticket to the June 4 Padre game. We are equally thankful for general contributions to this great cause.
Lung cancer is commonly misperceived as a “smokers’ disease,” but more than 75 percent of all diagnosed cases occur in people who have never smoked or people who have quit smoking.
Every year, lung cancer also kills nearly twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. However, lung cancer receives the lowest amount of research dollars compared to any other major cancer.
Third Annual San Diego Breath of Hope Lung Cancer Walk Set for May 1
Walk Benefits Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for Leading Cause of Cancer Death in Nation
SAN DIEGO – For La Jolla resident Mike Stevens, it began with a cough. At 43 years of age, he was a healthy non-smoker with a wife and two kids – he never thought he’d have lung cancer. Over a dozen rounds of chemo therapy and six years later, Stevens is one of the three to five percent of people that survive stage 4 lung cancer.
Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to providing support and advocacy for people living with or at risk for the disease. LCA’s mission is to lead the movement to reverse decades of stigma and neglect by empowering patients, elevating awareness and changing health policy. Fifty percent of LCA’s work is patient support, with the remaining 50 percent focusing on advocacy and awareness.
Participation and support of LCA’s San Diego Breath of Hope Lung Cancer Walk allows LCA to continue directly helping patients, survivors and their families each and every day, while raising awareness and advocating for change that is now leveraging multiple millions in public health dollars for lung cancer research and early detection.