Our Cause


The “Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer” 5K race was created to:

  • help raise awareness about lung cancer;
  • honor both survivors and those lost to lung cancer;
  • raise donations to help patients struggling with the financial burdens associated with fighting the disease.

Lung Cancer Quick Facts
Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women – about 1 out of 4 cancer deaths are from lung cancer. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Overall, the chance that a man will develop lung cancer in his lifetime is about 1 in 14; for a woman, the risk is about 1 in 17. These numbers include both smokers and non-smokers. For smokers the risk is higher, while for non-smokers the risk is lower. However, about 15% of people  diagnosed with lung cancer never smoked! Smoking and second-hand smoke are the top cause of lung cancer, but there are many factors, including radon as the #2 cause.

Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) in Arlington Heights is a leader in the prevention, detection, treatment and care of those with lung cancer or those at high risk for lung cancer. They offer:

A Survivor’s Story
Despite the very serious prognosis of lung cancer, some people with earlier stage cancers are cured. More than 430,000 people alive today have been diagnosed with lung cancer at some point. Many of the stories of these survivors are inspiring! NCH would like to share one of the success stories with you.

Racing and Walking to Bring Hope
By registering for and participating in the “Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer” 5k race  you are helping to fund the NCH Foundation which provides compassionate care for those fighting lung cancer. If you are not able to attend the event you may still help by donating directly to the NCH Foundation. Please choose “Lung Cancer Fund” under designation.