Foundation for Lung Cancer Awareness
2011 Every Breath Counts Walk, Run, Survive
Held November 13, 2011
Ocean City Boardwal
2011 Every Breath Counts Foundation's Walk, Run, Survive for Lung Cancer Awareness
The Every Breath Counts Foundation held its third annual Walk, Run, Survive for Lung Cancer Awareness on the Ocean City Boardwalk Caesars in Ocean City on Sunday, November 13. Participants in the Walk, Run, Survive, including notable walker U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo, raised awareness and funding for lung cancer research and support programs in the Southern New Jersey Shore Area.
“This event is a unique way for us to help beat lung cancer by recruiting support from our community with a fun social event,” said Lois Shohen-Brown, President of the Every Breath Counts Foundation and lung cancer survivor. “We know that to win the battle against lung cancer, we need love, camaraderie and caring supporters, which this event is all about. We are already looking forward to next year!”
This year there will be an estimated 157,300 deaths from lung cancer (87,300 among men and 70,000 among women), accounting for around 28% of all cancer deaths. Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Atlantic and Cape May Counties have the highest incidences of lung cancer in the state of New Jersey.
Runners and walkers organized at the Ocean City Civic Center and had the opportunity to meet one another, as well as exchange greetings and thoughts with the Congressman prior to the race.
“Lung cancer kills more Americans each year than breast, prostate, colorectal and pancreatic cancers combined. It is our mission to draw attention to lung cancer, and eventually change this statistic,” said Michele Gaguski MSN, RN, AOCN, CHPN, APN-C, Founder and Past President of the Every Breath Counts Foundation.
Although lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in America, it receives only a small fraction of research funding compared to other cancers.
Proceeds from the event support three lung-cancer focused organizations:
Oncology Nursing Society
The Southern Jersey Shore Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society is one of more than 230-plus chapters across the United
States. Through local chapters oncology nurses network, share ideas, seek advice, and talk about the challenges and rewards of oncology nursing while fostering the vision of the Oncology Nursing Society which is to lead the transformation of cancer care and promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care.
Board of Trustees
Susan Wilson, RN APN-C AOCN
Rosemary Hilvert, RN BSN C
Donna J. Cericola, RN BSN OCN
Michele E. Gaguski, MSN RN AOCN CHPN APN-C
Victoria DiStephano, RN OCN
Barbara Jean Douglas
Tina Ercole LoBiondo
Sharon Payran, RN OCN