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The Gift of Life and Breath 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado

Support Early Detection of Lung Cancer


2014 Gift of Life & Breath Race Results




You can make a tax-deductible contribution directly to the cause through one of the following methods:

1) Click here to make a secure, online donation.

2) Send a check via USPS, payable to “University of Colorado Cancer Center Fund” to:

University of Colorado Cancer Center

13001 East 17th Place, Mail Stop A065

Aurora, CO 80045

**To direct the donation to the correct account, you must indicate in the memo field “Gift of Life and Breath”

3) Support one of our fundraisers or teams with a donation to their fundraising page!

4) Make a donation on race day, May 9th!

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For info and volunteer position availability, please contact the race director, Lindsay Gemberling, by email or at 303-724-7823.

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Corporate sponsors provide critical funds for the Gift of Life and Breath, allowing us to send every penny raised by our runners and fundraisers to the labs at the University of Colorado Cancer Center so that our researchers can focus on finding a method for early detection of lung cancer.

We are fortunate to have a strong history of supportive corporate sponsors. Would your company like to join our team as we actively participate in the critical search for an early detector of lung cancer?

Interested in Sponsoring the Event?

Contact Lindsay Gemberling at 303-724-7823 or by email.

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About Us

2014 Gift of Life & Breath Race Results


With a direct focus on the early detection of lung cancer, The Gift of Life and Breath is a 5k run/walk organized to provide research support and public awareness for early lung cancer detection.

It is the goal and intent of this event to offer a positive outreach to the community and give lung cancer the immediate attention it needs. Public awareness and support are both key factors in attracting the funding that is needed for this important endeavor.

On April 29, 2004 our lives were to be forever changed … Gary was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer. Having never smoked, the diagnosis came with shock and disbelief. But the biopsy and CT scan revealed a deadly disease that had gone undetected in its early stage and now left very little hope of a cure.

Determined to beat tremendous odds, Gary did everything he could to preserve his life for his family. This included standard cancer treatments as well as a rarely done double lung transplant. However, despite his heroic efforts, Gary succumbed to lung cancer September 9, 2007.

Lung cancer is a silent killer that takes life one breath at a time. Because symptoms usually do not occur until late stages, it is difficult to treat and cure. For this reason, there is a great need for an early detection screening.

Gary’s journey with lung cancer began long before he was even aware of its presence … long before chemotherapy, radiation and a double lung transplant. It was his greatest hope to give others the advantage of early detection, the best chances for treatment and above all … the gift of life and breath.

On September 9, 2007 Gary passed away. Read Gary’s memoriam by clicking here.

2013 Lung Cancer Statistics*

228,190 newly diagnosed (est.)

159,480 deaths from lung cancer (est.), accounting for about 27% of all cancer deaths

(87,260 deaths in men, 72,220 deaths in women – est.)

Lung cancer is the leading cancer death among men and women.  More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers combined.

*Statistics from American Cancer Society, “Cancer Facts & Figures 2013”

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