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Did you know that the average person takes approximately 12-25 breaths per minute? Could you imagine NOT being able to do that because of an existing lung condition or simple environmental hazards? Sure, lung cancer the is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US; more than breast cancer, colon cancer and prostrate cancer combined. 

I personally know two people who developed lung cancer and neither of them ever smoked a day in their lives.  Second hand smoke is believed to account for almost 5,000 deaths from lung cancer per year in folks who never smoked. 

Asthma, Cytsic Fibrosis, COPD, Pulmonary Hypertension, Tuberculosis, Pneumonia, Emphyzema are a few of the lung diseases you may be familiar with. I am familiar with more than one of these. I lost two grandparents to emphyzema, one to lung cancer, my mother is a severe asthmatic, and sufferer of chronic lung condition. I am a sufferer of Bronchitis and even had pneumonia while I was pregnant. I delivered my daughter prematurely at 34 weeks gestation, before her lungs were fully developed and I receieved several shots of cortisone two days before I gave birth to ensure she'd be able to breath on her own outside of my body.  Many of these diseases there are no known causes for, and subsequently no cure for either. 

The American Lung Association is an organization I got involved with almost three years ago when my mom quit smoking, the same year I raced my first 5k and also my first triathlon.  My mom smoked for the better part of her life, and she quit.  Cold turkey.  She wanted to breath easier, live longer.  Sounds so simple.  It was probably one of the most difficult challenges she ever took on and I wanted to support her.  I raised some money for the Association and participated in the Fight for Air Walk,  where I met so many wonderful people from the Organization and I immediately wanted to wrap my arms around this cause and avidly raise funds to help them create awareness about the precious air we breath and often take for granted. Today (August 22, 2013) my mother is 2 years 5 months smoke free!!!

This year, they asked me to run the New York City Marathon on their behalf.   I am proud (and honored) to say that I will be running 26.2 miles on November 3, 2013 for this cause that I wholeheartedly believe in.  I ran my first half marathon in May of this year and havealready begun my marathon training. Running for a cause makes it so very enjoyable and what better cause than this one? Helping people understand that there are people out there that could never run a marathon becuase they just can't breath.  Imagine that?

I am going to do whatever it takes to raise $5000.00 for the American Lung Association and I hope I have your support as well.  Together we can educate people on the dangers of pollution and the mystery of asthma and the growing rate of asthma in children, treatments, possible preventions, support groups etc.

 The amount of funding for lung cancer research lags in this country because of the stigma that a person who smokes deserves lungs cancer or emphyzema.  Stop being so ignorant. Nobody deserves to develop or die from cancer.

Every little bit helps.  Please help me reach my goal of $5000.00 and I will make you proud in running 26.2 miles!!!!