WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- LUNGevity Foundation announces the Bauer family of Shaker Heights, Ohio – Harriet and her children, seventh grader Greta and fourth grader Owen – as the May LUNGevity Hero for their contributions to the fight against lung cancer. Since 2009, the family has run an after-school lemonade stand every Friday, providing tasty treats to the local community while raising funds for lung cancer research.
Harriet began the lemonade stand to teach her children business skills. But that September, when Harriet's mother, Lois Karp, passed away from lung cancer, everything changed. Harriet decided to make the lemonade stand not-for-profit, posting a sign that "all proceeds are donated to lung cancer research."
Originally donating money to a general cancer group, the Bauers were glad to find a foundation that focuses all of its energy on the lung cancer community, from its online resources for survivors and their families to its funded research, spanning 100 research projects at 56 institutions in 23 states for early detection techniques as well as more effective treatments of lung cancer.
"I always say, 'it's one quarter at a time' because everything costs a quarter," jokes Harriet. "Running the lemonade stand has been a remarkable project for our family, and the community has been with us every step of the way. My mother would be very proud."
The Bauer family's weekly "Bauer/Powers Lemonade Stand" lemonade stand serves community members, informing them of the importance of the fight against lung cancer and giving all customers the chance to participate.
"LUNGevity Foundation is fortunate to have passionate and hard working advocates across the nation raising awareness of the fight against lung cancer," said Andrea Ferris, president and chairman of LUNGevity. "The Bauer family's lemonade stand is a testament to the difference that one person, or family, can make. With the help of your lemonade stand and other projects like yours, LUNGevity Foundation is able to fund life-saving research. Thank you, Harriet, Greta, and Owen, for your dedication."
For more on the Bauer family, visit LUNGevity Hero's Spotlight at http://blog.lungevity.org.
For more information on LUNGevity Foundation, please visit www.LUNGevity.org.
About Lung Cancer
- 1 in 14 Americans is diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime.
- About 60 percent of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or are former smokers.
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, regardless of gender or ethnicity.
- Lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as breast cancer and more than three times as many men as prostate cancer.
- Only 16 percent of all people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive 5 years or more, but if it's caught before it spreads, the chance for 5-year survival improves to 52 percent.
About LUNGevity Foundation
LUNGevity Foundation is firmly committed to making an immediate impact on increasing quality of life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as by providing community, support, and education for all those affected by the disease. Our vision is a world where no one dies of lung cancer. For more information about LUNGevity Foundation, please visit www.LUNGevity.org.
SOURCE LUNGevity Foundation