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Breathe Deep DFW Walk Takes Off for the 8th Year, Donations Still Being Accepted

Nov 07, 2015 11:09AM ● By Kevin

The Breathe Deep DFW walk took place in Arlington's River Legacy Parks for the eighth year on Nov. 1, but donations are still being accepted through Nov. 15 to meet the fundraising goal of $45,000. The walk has already raised almost $24,000.

Founder Katie Brown put the walk together in memory of her father, who died of lung cancer.

"A few years after starting this walk I went to work for LUNGevity, the foundation that this walks benefits," said Brown, who is now the vice president of support and survivorship programs there.

While lung cancer is still the deadliest cancer killer of men and women, events like Breath Deep DFW across the country help fund cutting edge research, education, information and support programs for people impacted by the disease to change outcomes.  

Some people will go to the event to walk in memory of loved ones lost to this disease, but many will come to celebrate patients and survivorship. In the past five years, there have been incredible developments in targeted therapies, clinical trials and immunotherapies, Brown said.  

One in 15 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer regardless of smoking history, and 60 percent of them either never smoked or quit decades ago.

"We need events like Breathe Deep DFW to be successful in order to keep funding that research," she continued.

There were opening ceremonies, a 5k (untimed) walk, a survivors table and refreshments and gift bags while supplies last. Patients/survivors registered free of cost. 

Donations to the event can still be made by visiting the event website here.

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