Our Cause

The “Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer” EVENT was created to:

  • help raise awareness about lung cancer;
  • celebrate survivors and those who lost their lives to lung cancer;
  • raise donations to help patients struggling with the financial burdens associated with fighting the disease;
  • We have added providing a no cost CT lung screen, a Gift-A-Lung Screen for those who meet the criteria but do not have insurance coverage and can’t afford the out of pocket cost at Northwest Community Hospital

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. However, we are improving those odds with many diagnostic and treatment advances in recent years, including lung screening for those at high risk due to tobacco use. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. The good news is that lung cancer deaths have decreased by 5% per year in men and 4% per year in women from 2014 to 2018 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. The risk for smokers is higher than non-smokers. However, about 10-15% 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. To see the American Cancer Society 2021 Facts & Figures about Lung cancer, use this link. 

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

Life after Lung Cancer: A Survivor’s Story
Despite the 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. Many of the stories of these survivors are inspiring! Hear Mary Jo’s story here.

Racing and Walking to Bring Hope & Awareness
By registering for and participating in the 2021 virtual  “Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer” 5k race  you are showing your support for people living with lung cancer and remembering those we lost to lung cancer. You may have a family member or a friend who has traveled this road. If so, you know that the decisions are never easy…

One hundred percent of the profit from the race after expenses goes to the NCH Foundation Lung Cancer Fund, which has been providing compassionate financial assistance since 2017 for those fighting lung cancer who have needed help with basic living expenses while undergoing treatment at NCH. If you are not able to run or walk a 5K in the outdoor place of your choice, you may still help by donating directly to the NCH Foundation Lung Cancer Fund. Please choose “Lung Cancer Fund” under the drop-down designation menu. In comments, write “Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer”. Thank you!!!