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Greensboro LUNGe Forward 5K Event Raises 150K+ for Research, Education & Awareness for Lung Cancer
Event chairperson Emily Parks announced that the LUNGe Forward 5K in Greensboro held on November 12th raised over $150,000 for lung cancer research, education, access and awareness for the Lung Cancer Initiative.
By: Organize for Success
• Approximately 228,000 people are diagnosed and nearly 160,000 die of lung cancer.
• Every 3.3 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies of lung cancer.
• Approximately 79% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among non-smoking people. About 61% are former smokers and 18% have never smoked.
• Only 18% of those diagnosed with lung cancer will survive 5 years or longer, compared with 99% for prostate cancer and 89% for breast cancer.
Money raised from the LUNGe Forward Run, Walk and Rally is used in a variety of ways:
- $500 funds gas cards for 10 lung cancer patients for treatment or clinical trials;
- $250 funds 1 day of life-saving lung cancer research;
- $100 funds the LCI website for one week, providing critical lung cancer information and resources to 15,000+ visitors per year;
- $50 educates one primary care physician about the proper treatment, diagnosis and referral practices for lung cancer patients;
- $25 funds one trained advocate to speak publicly about lung cancer, allowing more people to spread awareness about this disease; and
- $10 allows 5 lung cancer patients to receive free educational materials.
Parks confirmed, "It's not too late to donate! All funds raised by December 31st will count towards the LUNGe Forward Run, Walk and Rally." To donate: http://triad.kintera.org/
Parks is passionate about eradicating lung cancer because she lost her father to the disease. "My hope is that other families won't suffer and lose a loved one to lung cancer," she shared.
For more information about the Lung Cancer Initiative: http://www.lungcancerinitiativenc.org.
About Lung Cancer Initiative
The Lung Cancer Initiative's mission is to save lives and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across North Carolina. LCI specializes in connecting patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community.
About Organize for Success
The mission of Organize for Success is "Maximize work/life solutions for meaningful results with your very limited time" while our vision is "Make life efficient for time-crunched leaders." Organize for Success provides one on one and team consulting; customized workshops & trainings; workflow processes; and how to organize your workspace statewide in North Carolina.
Owner Emily Parks is an Evernote Certified Consultant as well as an Instructor at North Carolina State University's Technology Training Solutions Center. Parks was recognized in the 2015 class of 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards from the Triangle Business Journal. She was also awarded the 2015 Member of the Year from the National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater Raleigh.