Free To Breathe Holds Lung Cancer Awareness Run

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
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September 8, 2013 Updated Sep 8, 2013 at 6:14 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Local residents fueled the national movement to increase lung cancer survival at the second annual Free To Breathe 5K at Shoaff Park.

Awards were given out to the top finishers, a “Tot Trot" got the whole family involved in the fun, and an auction fundraiser was held after the run on Sunday.

Proceeds from the event support the National Lung Cancer Partnership's programs dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.

“Today was our second annual free to breathe event here at Shoaff Park. We have raised, as of Thursday night, over $12,000. Nationally we have raised over $1 million with all the Free To Breathe events in the fight against lung cancer,” said Kristen Robertson, Free To Breathe Local Chairperson.

Lung cancer claims more lives in Indiana than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. In addition, lung cancer's five year survival rate is only 16 percent, much lower than that of many other cancers.

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