Raising awareness for a cure to care has been a priority for anyone who has been affected by cancer, either as a patient, a relative of a patient or the doctors and nurses who treat patients or the researchers who learn about the disease.
No surprise, the cancer community is growing because people are more aware of what is at stake. Cancer has affected just about everyone in some wayand there are many organizations that want to keep you informed.
For more than 95 years, the American Lung Association (ALA) dedicated its time to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. ALA raises money through national campaigns such as the Fight for Air Climb. These events are held nationwide to raise funds for research and awareness efforts.
Fight for Air Climb events can take place in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve climbing multiple steps. Participants will sometimes climb up 1,000 steps. This event draws a wide range of participant’s ranging from 12 to 80 years of age. It is especially popular amongst firefighters as they are well aware of the importance of lung safety, and they are prone to having lung problems in their line of work.
Stair-climbing events include corporate teams, families, individuals, athletes, police, fire and other community organizations. Money is raised through corporate sponsorships, registration fees and individual/team donations. All proceeds help support the American Lung Association’s fight against lung disease.
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer which affects the lining of the lungs. Lung cancer and mesothelioma have very similar symptoms. They both create large amounts of pain in the chest cavity, shortness of breath, and weight loss.
Since 1999, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) raised funds for mesothelioma cancer. MARF has raised about $7.5 million towards clinical research. This is from a strong network of volunteers who holds events and raise donations.
Upcoming events for mesothelioma fundraisers include 5k run/walks, memorial services and banquets. Drop by a local event to show your support. If the distance is too much, then you can always donate online.
One event that caught my eye was Soccer for a Cure. James Bard is attempting to break the world record for the longest soccer game ever played. His father was exposed to asbestos while serving in the military and passed away from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is no stranger to those served in the military. And this event is a great way Jamescan raise awareness in the memory of his father.
Lung cancer and mesothelioma have been hurting the community for decades. Organizations like ALA and MARF work towards finding a cure for lung cancer and mesothelioma.
For more information on ALA events visit www.FightForAirClimb.org or call your local American Lung Association at 1-800-LUNG-USA. Information on the Fight for Air Climb provided by Andrew Feast, AVP Special Events (American Lung Association).