Both my husband, Chris, and I lost our fathers to lung cancer. My father, Mike, lost his battle in January 2007. In fact, I will be racing this half marathon in Tempe, Arizona on the 11th anniversary of the last time I talked to my dad. We lost Chris's dad, David, in November 2016. I am racing - and raising money - so that no one else loses two of the most important people in their lives.
Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer worldwide but receives less funding per patient (than other types of cancer) due to its stigma as a smoker’s disease. In fact, about 20% of newly diagnosed patients never smoked and about 60% quit smoking decades ago. Cancer research has enabled many to face better odds when being treated for cancer, but survivability rates are still far from satisfactory.
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, early detection, education, and treatment. The Foundation’s goal is to work with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, patients, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change and turn lung cancer into a chronically managed disease by 2023.
Thank you for visiting. I cannot wait to honor my dads by racing in January at the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Arizona. This cause is very dear to me, and I'll appreciate all the support I can get! Together we can make a difference!
Best - Jorja