Southampton, NY (August 13, 2018)—Hamptons residents were out in force raising more than $350,000 to fund lung cancer research at the Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s Thirteenth Annual Strides for Life Run/Walk Sunday, August 12, 2018. More than 500 walkers and runners circled Lake Agawam in Southampton, joining forces to help fund research for lung cancer, the number one cause of cancer death worldwide.
“The community’s support of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation has been incredible,” says Brendon M. Stiles, MD, Lung Cancer Research Foundation Board Chair. “Strides for Life is an inspiring event that brings together the entire lung cancer community – patients, survivors, families, caregivers, and supporters — all of us united behind the goal to fund critical lung cancer research. To date, Strides for Life has raised more than $5 million dollars.”
The Thirteenth Annual Strides for Life included a three-mile run/walk and 50-yard dash for children. Honorary Chairman, Southampton Mayor Michael G. Irving, delivered welcoming remarks and cut the ribbon to officially start the race.
Whether they raced as individuals or as part of one of the 14 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: 18:19)
- Top Male 18+: Omar Leon (Time: 17:23)
- Top Female 17 and Under: Kaitlyn Deyulio (Time: 23:23)
- Top Male 17 and Under: Joey Feliciano (Time: 18:22)
Sponsors of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s Thirteenth Annual Strides for Life included:
- Pace Setter: New Mountain Capital
- Single Stride: Citi Private Bank, Juice Press
- Sprinter: Genentech
In-kind donations were received from Bai, Cereza Coffee, The Golden Pear, Hampton Coffee Company, Hampton Jitney, Inc., Juice Press and Noosa Yoghurt.
About the Lung Cancer Research Foundation
The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) is the pre-eminent 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 $31 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.