Free to Breathe 5k raises lung cancer awareness


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – In just a few days, the annual Free to Breathe 5k will be held at the Dayton Raceway to help build awareness for lung cancer.

Kathleen Fenning, an organizer for the event, joined 2 NEWS Thursday to go over the details.

She says that 234,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year in the United States, and in 2011, she was one of them.

“When I received my diagnosis, I was treated and I was one of the fortunate ones. Eighteen percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive,” she says. “I felt an obligation to do something positive to bring about better outcomes so that there are more people like me, more survivors.”

The Dayton Free to Breath event is part of the Free to Breathe Events Program for the Lung Cancer Research Foundation.

The goal of the 5k is to spread awareness of lung cancer and raise research funds for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of lung cancer.

Registration starts at 9 am on September 8.

The whole family is welcome. There will be plenty of music and food to go around.

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