The first Team Lung Love was a huge success. The event was the brainchild of Julia Gaynor, a wee dynamo who is passionate about lung cancer (she lost her beloved mom to the disease a little over two years ago) and running. There were thirty nine people who crossed the finish line and twenty or so volunteers. Almost $55,000 was raised for the Lung Cancer Alliance (Team Lung Love is still accepting donations), over $4000 of that amount raised by David and more than $8000 by my sister Laura. I am so proud of them both, and of Peter too: he ran the first five miles of the race, doubled back for his dad, walked/ran the next eight miles and booked it for the last stretch. Not bad for his first half marathon.
Those who ran and walked had all been personally touched by lung cancer (including a large and speedy group of young nurses from MGH) and three of the participants in the half marathon were actually survivors (Diane, Karen, Judith, you are amazing!). It was a splendid gathering of passionate, caring people putting one foot in front of the other to make a difference. I am hopeful that next year I can participate in the race, although I was content to fill the role of spectator/cheerleader this go around. I’m certain Julia and the Lung Cancer Alliance will grow this concept into bigger teams and other venues, so look for more Team Lung Love.