LUNGevity's‘Breathe Deep Denver’ 5K walk/run will be held at INVESCO Field at Mile High
Thursday, 11 August 2011 21:48

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LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s largest lung cancer non-profit, has teamed up with JohnstonWells to hold the first annual Breathe Deep Denver 5K run/walk at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 5, 2011.

The event – part of the organization’s nationwide effort to raise funds for lung cancer research – will kick off with a yoga warm-up led by Sarah Russell, owner of Breathe Yoga & Cycling Studio, and a performance from the Breathe Deep Tuba Chorus, sponsored by the Downtown Denver Partnership and directed by Bill Clark, who is also the director of the Queen City Jazz Band.

“For personal reasons, the fight against lung cancer holds a special place in my heart” said Representative Diana DeGette, honorary chair of the Breath Deep Denver event. “Cancer is the number one killer worldwide and lung cancer is top of that list.  The impact that can be made by not only detecting lung cancer sooner, but also by finding effective treatments would be tremendous for all our families.”

Breathe Deep Denver is one of several events across the country hosted by LUNGevity this year. The organization chose Denver as a location because of Colorado’s long standing reputation for lung research and rehabilitation. In June 2011, LUNGevity awarded a $600,000 grant to a team of researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center for a project for the early detection of lung cancer.

Dr. Paul Bunn, a nationally renowned lung cancer researcher and professor at University of Colorado Cancer Center and Executive Director of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) serves as the honorary medical chair of the event’s steering committee.

“Our goal is to move lung cancer from the number one cancer killer in the United States to the position of becoming a chronic illness,” said Dr. Bunn. “Until we accomplish that, we are focusing on prevention, early detection and effective treatment of lung cancer – the number one cancer that also kills twice as many women as breast cancer."

Proceeds from Breathe Deep Denver will go toward LUNGevity’s efforts to fund lung cancer research grants, specifically for research focused on early detection efforts and targeted therapies. Visit www.breathedeepdenver.org for more information or to register for the event.