06/27/2006

Spirit and Breath Challenge to Raise Lung Cancer Awareness

     MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Tiny tots and older folks alike will lace up this Fourth of July to participate in the seventh annual Spirit and Breath Challenge at White Park in Morgantown. The event features a set of races and a 5K walk to raise awareness about lung cancer. Proceeds benefit the lung cancer program at West Virginia University. 

     Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in West Virginia and the leading cause of cancer-related death. However, efforts underway at WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center are helping the future look brighter.

     “This race provides a great opportunity to bring hope to those battling lung cancer,” says Geoffrey Graeber, MD, co-director of WVU’s Sara Crile Allen and James Frederick Allen Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program. “Although lung cancer was considered an absolute death sentence 15 years ago, many patients have the chance to be cured today.”

     The event is also sponsored by Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners (BOPARC) and the Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support and Education (ALCASE)

     “BOPARC is proud to work in cooperation with the Lung Cancer Program to provide awareness and raise funds through the Spirit and Breath Challenge,” says Kathy Monday, interim program manager of BOPARC. “This annual race allows our community to become a lucrative contributor in cancer awareness and prevention.”       

     The Spirit and Breath Challenge at White Park includes a 10K, 5K, and one mile run, plus a 5K walk. Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. The 10K and 5K runs and the 5K walk will begin at 9 a.m. The one-mile run will start at 10:30 a.m.

     The fee to participate is $18. There will be random drawings for various prizes and an award ceremony for the top five finishers in each age group.

     For more information, call BOPARC at (304) 296-8356.

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For more information:
Sherry Stoneking, Cancer Center (304) 293-4599
sstoneking@hsc.wvu.edu
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