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Why We Run/Walk

We run/walk for people. For patients and their loved ones. For colleagues and neighbors. For everyone affected by lung disease. We walk because together we can defeat lung cancer and lung disease one step at a time. Read why these LUNG FORCE Heroes walk.

LUNG FORCE Hero Michael S.

Most of you know about the tragic news that hit my family in 2017, when my best friend, my go-to person, my brother, Robert Settler (a.k.a. Uncle Buck) was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. He was diagnosed in February and died 7 months later, on September 5, 2017. Robert was not only my “everything”, he was so many people's “everything.” A natural husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, Robert touched so many lives which was evident by the huge turnout at both of his services in Albany, NY (his hometown) and then the next day in Westchester County, where his body was laid to rest. Robert was the second brother that I lost (Ricky died in 2002 at the age of 42).

When Robert’s wife, Susan Settler, and his two amazing daughters, Julia and Lauren, approached me about doing something for this cause to benefit the American Lung Association; without hesitation, I told them I was all in! With the help from my wife, Mona Settler, and my staff (Addy, Karen, Marie, and Angelina) we joined the team to walk the event and help raise money to save lives by preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy.

I am asking all my family, friends, clients and associates to help me in this fund raiser either by donating as little as $5.00 and/or participating in the event itself. It should be noted that Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men and women and the ALA is leading a national movement to unite cancer and lung health thru a program called Lung Force. This program will be investing more than $10 million in lung cancer research and promotions to bring awareness to early detection tools such as CT screening, clinical trials and biomarker testing. They are also the leading advocates to increasing federal funding for lung cancer research to $450 million by 2020. I ask that you all find it in your heart and soul to help team Uncle Buck Strong raise money for this very important cause.

About LUNG FORCE Heroes

LUNG FORCE Heroes are patients, caregivers, family, friends and co-workers of those who are impacted by lung cancer. Our Heroes share their powerful journeys — stories which help educate the public about what it's like to have lung cancer or lung disease. Heroes may also be asked to speak at a LUNG FORCE Walk Kick off event, Corporate Recruitment event and/or on Walk day.

If you're interested in becoming a LUNG FORCE Hero, please contact Lisa Burdzy for more information. We also invite you to Share Your Voice and read about other Heroes' experiences too. Everyone's story is unique, and we appreciate you getting involved and becoming a LUNG FORCE Hero!

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White Plains Hospital

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