Southampton, NY (August 12, 2019)—Residents from the Hamptons community, New York City and beyond laced up their sneakers and hit the pavement yesterday for the Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s (LCRF) Fourteenth Annual Strides for Life Run/Walk, raising more than $365,000 for lung cancer research.
LCRF hosts its annual Strides for Life run/walk to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer research, in honor and memory of those who have been touched by the disease. Currently, lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in the world, yet per death, lung cancer is the most underfunded cancer. LCRF is the leading nonprofit organization focused on funding innovative, high-reward lung cancer research with the potential to extend survival and improve quality of life for people with lung cancer. The organization’s mission is to improve lung cancer outcomes by funding research for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer.
“Strides for Life is a special day where all those who have been touched by lung cancer come together to celebrate life and inspire hope for the future,” says Brendon M. Stiles, MD, Board Chair, LCRF. “The community has been a strong supporter of this event for so many years, raising $5.6 million to date. As a result, we’ve been able to fund the very best lung cancer research and help change what it means to face a lung cancer diagnosis.”
Nearly 600 participants took part in the Fourteenth Annual Strides for Life, which included a three-mile run/walk around Lake Agawam and 50-yard dash for children.
Whether they raced as individuals or as part of one of the 18 teams fielded this year, participants hit the pavement in honor of loved ones, lung cancer survivors, friends, families, and lung cancer patients. First over the finish line at the end of the three-mile run were:
- Top Female 18+: Tara Farrell (Time: 18:07.9)
- Top Male 18+: Charles Parsons (Time: 16:39.1)
- Top Female 17 and Under: Colleen Cassidy (Time: 23:25.9)
- Top Male 17 and Under: Luke Ellwood (Time: 16:31.8)
Sponsors of LCRF’s Fourteenth Annual Strides for Life included:
- Pace Setter: New Mountain Capital
- Single Stride: Citi Private Bank, Juice Press
- Starting Line: Lung Cancer Screening Program at NewYork–Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine
- Sprinter: Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel, P.C.; Genentech;, Weill Cornell Medicine Cardiothoracic Surgery
In-kind donations were received from Boxed Water is Better, Juice Press, Perfect Bar, and RXBAR.
About the Lung Cancer Research Foundation
The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) is the leading nonprofit organization focused on funding innovative, high-reward research with the potential to extend survival and improve quality of life for people with lung cancer. LCRF’s mission is to improve lung cancer outcomes by funding research for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer.
To date, LCRF has provided $33 million in research grants to investigators around the world. In addition to funding lung cancer research, the organization focuses on lung cancer awareness and educational programs. The Foundation also hosts community events nationwide through the Free to Breathe Event Series.