26-second moment of silence will be observed, runners encouraged to wear blue and yellow
DALLAS, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 3rd Annual Your Next Step is the Cure 5K walk/run at Reverchon Park on Saturday will honor the victims and heroes of Monday's Boston Marathon bombing by starting with a 26-second moment of silence – one second for every mile of the marathon. The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (LCF), who hosts the event to raise funds for lung cancer awareness and research, is also encouraging runners to wear blue and yellow, the colors of the Boston Marathon.
"We are banding together with the running community all over the country this weekend to honor the victims and heroes of the Boston Marathon bombing," said Bonnie J. Addario, director and founder of the LCF. "Raising awareness for lung cancer is still the goal of our run, but in light of the events this week we felt compelled to show our support."
The LCF, its event organizer Run On! Texas, and the Dallas Police Department have made all necessary safety precautions in preparation for this weekend's annual charity 5K run in Reverchon Park.
"We've been in close contact with our organizers and the Dallas Police all week to ensure this run is the same fun and family-friendly event that runners in the Dallas area have come to know for the last two years," Addario said.
About the 3rd Annual Your Next Step is the Cure 5K walk/run in Dallas
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is hosting the 3rd Annual Your Next Step is the Cure 5K walk/run in Dallas to help raise funds for lung cancer awareness and research. More details can be found here.
WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 2013 Day of Registration: 7:30 a.m. Shotgun Start: 8:30 a.m. Celebration: 10:00 a.m.
*Pre-event interviews with Bonnie J. Addario are available
WHERE: Reverchon Park - Katy Trail across from the Reverchon Recreation Center 3505 Maple Avenue Dallas, TX 75219
A 26-second moment of silence will be taken at the start of the run.
Lots of energy from participants and supporters.
Catch the participants at the finish line.
Pictures and videos of the event will be available.
Texas Lung Cancer Background
Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in Texas, and each year kills more people than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. In 2013 an estimated 15,000 new lung cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in Texas, and 9,670 Texans are expected to die from the disease.
But Texas is doing something to change that. According to a recent report from the National Institutes of Health, Texas ranked second nationally in 2012 for the number of clinical trials conducted in the state, with more than 14,000 studies underway. More than half of clinical trials conducted in Texas targeted the nation's six most debilitating chronic diseases: asthma, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and mental illness.
About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, early detection, education, and treatment. The Foundation works with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change. BJALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $10 million for lung cancer research. For more information on the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org.