Lung cancer deserves research too
Four and a half years ago, my uncle (technically Jon's uncle, but my uncle too!) was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. He credits his optometrist with saving his life.
When he came down with a rare eye infection, the optometrist had recently read research that this infection was highly correlated with lung cancer, and ordered the relevant tests. My uncle, a lifetime non-smoker and exercise physiologist was devastated by the news, but approached every test and procedure with amazing optimism.
Four and a half years later, he is not cancer-free, but he is keeping it a bay with medicine that was developed recently through research. Sadly, less money is spent on lung cancer research compared to other cancers ($320M Lung, $545M breast ) even though it kills more people annually (41.9 per 100,000 for lung vs. 20.6 per 100,000 for breast ),
I recognize that funding research through large events such as this one is not the most efficient use of fundraising dollars, because the overhead of running a race large. However, for this cancer, I think it is important to broaden the base of support. The race organizers have asked each racer to raise $250. I donated that amount to myself, so I don't need to raise any more money. However, I'm asking my friends and family to give a token $5 to show their support for the idea of lung cancer research. Please help remove the stigma and broaden the base.
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