The “Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer” 5K race was created to:
- help raise awareness about lung cancer;
- honor both 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.
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. 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.
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:
- early screening and detection of lung cancer
- and tobacco cessation programs to help smokers kick the habit
- Support services for those with a diagnosis of lung cancer
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! Though Colleen’s lung cancer was diagnosed in a later stage, it was successfully treated and she got her life back. NCH would like to share Colleen’s story.
Racing and Walking to Bring Hope & Awareness
By registering for and participating in the “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.
If there is any profit from the race itself after expenses, 100 percent goes to the NCH Foundation Lung Cancer Fund, which provides compassionate financial assistance for those fighting lung cancer who need help with basic expenses while undergoing treatment at NCH. If you are not able to attend the event, 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!!!