Editors Note: Because I have received many e-mails and comments saying the information I have in this post about Lung Cancer is vital to our community, I thought I would keep this post going for the week by playing many memes. I have also had many comments and e-mails telling me people would be putting this post on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for stopping by my little blog and taking the time to read this post. If you need more information about Lung Cancer and it's stigmas please go to the Lung Cancer Alliance Link I have on my blog.
The Cain Halter run was last week and since it IS a cause we ALL care deeply about, we thought we would get together and give this run our all.
It didn't matter if we were runners or not. . .We know first hand that Lung Cancer kills. We know the Facts: "Lung cancer remains the leading cancer killer in men and women in the United States among every ethnic group, yet still receives the fewest research dollars. Lung cancer causes 1 in every 3 cancer deaths and took 160,000 lives in 2009."
160,000 Lives in 2009!
We know this is true because, one of those 160,000 was our father. I will tell you this, when you lose just one of those 160,000, it really does feel like you lost ALL 160,000. It's devastating to think. . . HE never smoked. He never lived with smokers. HE always lived a healthy life style. HE exercised everyday, even up to the last weeks of his life. When he couldn't get up anymore, HE exercised in bed. . .YES! In Bed.
And still he died. . . of Lung Cancer.
So here is another fact for you: "Over 60% of new lung cancer cases are never smokers or former smokers, many of whom quit decades ago. One in five women and one in twelve men diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked."
Just in case you missed that, I want to make sure you heard me; Over 60% of new lung cancer cases are never smokers or former smokers, many of whom quit decades ago.
Because we really care about Lung Cancer and we have to change the stigma. . . we turned into Team Finnell. . .AGAIN!
But, this time with shirts.
We hit the road! To walk. To run. To support.
Friends came out and ran with us.
Speaking of beautiful friends and woman heres another fact for you: Lung Cancer has surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause for cancer death in women. Do you know: you don't have to be a smoker to get lung cancer?
With this in mind, we clung to each other and supported. . .like we always do.
We made it to the end. . .Like we always do.
All of us
We ran on the Faith of our Father. . .We ran with his spirit by our side. We ran meeting people who were survivors. We ran with people who lost loved ones , who were runners. . .
It effected us deeply as we thought of what was.
It effects us deeply as we think of the facts. We stand united AS "Team Finnell" . . . now with shirts.
Even though everyday we remember . . .There are some things none of us will ever understand. Maybe, just maybe a little family run for Lung Cancer might help us heal, one year at a time.