Fall 5K to Help Raise Mesothelioma Awareness and Research Funds
Join the Prevent Cancer Foundation in West Potomac Park, Washington, DC, on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at 8:00am for their annual 5K run. The run is an opportunity for the foundation to raise funds for the “support of cutting-edge cancer prevention and early detection research.” Mesothelioma is just one of the many cancers for which early detection is the key to improving patient survival.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation is the only cancer-related organization in the nation completely focused on reducing the risk of developing cancer and early detection. The Foundation focuses its energies and resources on cancers, including lung and breast cancer, that can be prevented through lifestyle changes or detection and treatment in their early stages.
Mesothelioma, a rare cancer diagnosed in close to 3,000 Americans each year, is a serious lung disease primarily caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. As with other environmental cancers, mesothelioma is an entirely preventable disease. Currently there is no known cure for the disease, but ongoing research is the key to finding the breakthrough that can mean the difference between life and death.
Good Morning America’s Weather Anchor Sam Champion will be the 2011 5k Grand Marshal. He will help welcome the over 25 teams and hundreds of runner’s helping to raise awareness of the importance of cancer prevention. To date, donors have pledged over $51,000.
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