Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cancer-Free Lungs 5K Run/Walk - Downtown Fort Wayne, Headwaters Park - May 14, 2011 - See New Photos

Post updated May 15, 2011:
The rain held off and it was a great morning for the 5th annual Cancer-Free Lungs walk/run.  View more photos of all the fun and fund-raising by clicking here.
Original post from April 4, 2011:
If you believe knowledge is power and wished young smokers understood the health risk they are taking, then you need to participate in this annual event!  It is the 5th year for the Cancer-Free Lungs walk/run.


When: May 14, 2011, Gates open at 9:00 a.m.
Where:  Headwaters Park, Downtown Fort Wayne
Cost:  13 years old and over $18 each, 12 and under $8 each, children in strollers FREE
Registration:  Online at or at the event

Opening ceremonies (which include lung cancer updates, prayer, song, and event details) begin at 9:40 a.m.  The actual 5K Walk/Run (non-competitive) begins at 10:00 a.m.  Event shirt guaranteed if fee is received by 5/1/11, the early registration deadline.

There is a wonderful silent auction and raffle during the event.  Some of the very cool items are:  Colts Helmet, Vera Bradley Set, Spa Package from Elite Woman, Tin caps Package, Peg Perego Ride on Toy.  Also, upon completion of the route, all runners/walkers are served Edy's Ice Cream.

This Fort Wayne fundraiser started in 2007 and has raised over $50,000 with an average attendance of 300 each year.  The education program was developed in 2008 and is presented to Indiana Middle and High School students.  To date, over 16,000 students have been presented information about the dangers of tobacco and second-hand smoke.

Cancerfree Lungs is a non-profit organization started in 2004 in Indianapolis by Amy and Dr. Hanna.  Its mission is to reduce the burden of lung cancer through education, prevention and research.  Understanding the great need for awareness, education, and prevention, Cancer-free Lungs focuses on Tobacco Education Program to provide education to kids about the health effects of smoking.

Jennifer Robbins
The Fort Wayne Event is chaired by Anita DeSelm.  Anita started this event after her daughter, Jennifer Robbins, passed away from lung cancer at the age of 20.  Anita said, "Jen was not a smoker; first hand I saw the devastation of her cancer and the lack of treatment options.  My passion for raising awareness of lung cancer and remembering it's victims is part of a promise I made to Jen during her last few months.  When the diagnosis came and it was evident she would die from this cancer, she asked that I promise to make sure that after all she went through, the biopsies, the scans, the blood work, the test drugs, it would not go in vain.  That I fight to make sure that other kids never go through what she went through.  She believed God was using her for a much bigger mission in her short life.  Her motto during her year long fight with lung cancer was,  "It's All Good!"  I credit my strength to Jen, the ultimate fighter!  Our event is one of hope and encouragement for those currently battling this cancer and one of remembrance for those lost to Lung Cancer."