Today is the Lung Cancer Initiative’s annual LUNGe Forward 5K, held to raise funds and awareness to kick lung cancer’s butt. It’s my fourth year participating and my second time doing it pregnant, though I was only 9 weeks last time I ran it pregnant as opposed to nearly 37 weeks this time. (It probably goes without saying that I won’t be running it this time so much as waddling it. Slowly.)
I’ve been so busy and tired lately that I haven’t really done a very good job attempting to raise awareness regarding the fight against lung cancer, something of which I am slightly ashamed. Lung cancer (or any cancer, for that matter) doesn’t take a break, so I shouldn’t either.
Here are some cold hard facts about lung cancer:
- Data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Department of Defense (DoD), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that the amount of money spent per death from cancer for the fiscal year 2012 was $17,835 for breast cancer, compared to $1,378 for lung cancer. This represents a greater than 10-fold increased spending per breast cancer death compared to each lung cancer death. A look at the total funding for these malignancies is just as alarming. Between 2008 and 2010, the NCI spent $1,803.3 million on breast cancer research compared to $776.4 million on lung cancer research.
The discrepancy in survival rates for lung cancer versus other cancers, particularly breast, is ridiculous. The paucity of funding available for lung cancer research is appalling. And the fact that there is still a stigma surrounding lung cancer is absurd. Lung cancer is a disease that can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, or previous smoke exposure.
I know this is short notice, but if you would like to join me in the fight against lung cancer, here is a link to my donation page:
Any funds that you donate are used responsibly to assist in the fight, I swear. The Lung Cancer Initiative does a great job of making sure that your donations go back to the people that need them, with 88¢ of each dollar donated going back to the community in the form of various programs. Here is a link to the LCI page detailing just what, exactly they are doing with your money.
It looks like it’s going to rain again, for the third year in a row. But like I told some of my coworkers who are coming to the race with me, “Cancer doesn’t stop for the rain so neither will we.” I’ll post some pics from race day later (or tomorrow…) so you guys can all see the amazing turn out we have here in North Carolina to fight the number one cancer killer in the world. Thank you in advance for your support!
Update: Here are some pictures from the race today. The rain held off, which was a nice change from the last few years. I’m always amazed at the wonderful turn out this event gets, that so many people in the area are committed to fighting lung cancer.