Our Cause


The “Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer” 5K race & 1 mile run/walk event 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 much higher, while for non-smokers the risk is lower.

Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) in Arlington Heights is a leader in the prevention, detection, treatment and care of those with 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 and 1 mile run/walk 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.

Team up with Lung Cancer Alliance to Shine a Light on Lung Cancer
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and whether you are an individual, healthcare provider or company it’s easy to promote the national movement for lung cancer awareness. Check out the options and order your free Shine A Light kit today!