Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 23, 2013
Running’s easier when you’ve got purpose.
The miles tick past just a little more quickly when you carry the spirit of someone who can’t run with you. Hills seem smaller, pain fades. It’s easier to push through the hardest moments.
That’s why I love hearing about events like this weekend’s Free to Breathe 5K.
Free to Breathe events take place all around the country, but Dan Ouellette started the Austin race after his wife lost her mother to lung cancer.
The third annual Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and One Mile Walk is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 27 at Old Settlers Park, 1001 Harrell Parkway in Round Rock.
More Texans die from lung cancer each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Money raised through the race will support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s goal of doubling lung cancer survival rates by 2022.
Entry fee is $25 online through Wednesday or $30 onsite at 7:30 a.m. race day. The kids’ dash starts at 9:05 a.m., followed by the 5K run at 9:10 a.m. and the 5K walk and 1-mile walk at 9:15 a.m. For more information, to register or donate, visit www.FreetoBreathe.org/austin.
Five things you might not know about lung cancer, from the National Lung Cancer Partnership:
1. Recent studies have led to more understanding of lung cancer and new treatments, including personalized treatments based on molecular tumor testing.
2. The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 16 percent and has hardly changed in the last decade.
3. Nearly half of all people diagnosed with lung cancer have already quit smoking and 10 to 15 percent have never smoked.
4. Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated levels of radon, a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas.
5. Healthy habits can cut your risk. Exercise regularly and eat healthy foods, especially those containing flavonoids (apples, blueberries, apricots), cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts) and green salads. Also consider reducing the amount of red and processed meat you eat.
To learn more about lung cancer, visit www.nationallungcancerpartnership.org/get-involved.