This past May we traveled to D.C. to meet up at our annual LUNGevity All Staff meeting and attend Hope Summit. I was able, for the first time since I started working in August, to really see the impact that we are making. When people ask me what we do, I instantly start talking about all of the great events that we put on to raise money for Lung Cancer research. Research is crucial in finding a cure to Lung Cancer, but it can also be a hard thing to grasp. Meeting, talking with and getting to know Lung Cancer Survivors was something that really clicked with me, and I was able see the immediate and everlasting impact that LUNGevity’s Support and Advocacy program has made on them and their families (shout out to Katie Brown and Nikole Ventrca for the amazing job they did with putting Hope Summit together).
While the trip to D.C. was a work one, I was able to spend my early mornings running (is there a better way to sightsee?!). Team LUNGevity’s Samantha Guelda and I did 5.5 miles the first morning through the monuments where fellow runners waved and smiled as they said ‘hello’ and drivers yielded to us as we crossed the street (yes, Chicago runners, that really did happen)!
The second and third mornings I did 4 miles each and ran through beautiful Georgetown, naturally stopping to take pictures of every cupcake shop around.
Finally as our trip ended, Samantha and I made our way to Pie Sisters (because we didn’t do all of that running for nothing), to stock up for the flight home.
Food aside, this trip to D.C. really put things into perspective for me. Running a marathon has been a goal of mine for awhile now, but after spending time with survivors and their families, running for LUNGevity is even more important to me. I am excited to be working with such a great organization and group of people and to represent LUNGevity in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
The mission of LUNGevity Foundation is to have a meaningful and immediate impact on improving lung cancer survival rates, ensure a higher quality of life for lung cancer patients, and provide a community for those impacted by lung cancer. In order to accomplish our mission, LUNGevity funds the most promising research into the early detection and successful treatment of lung cancer. LUNGevity also supports the largest national grassroots lung cancer network, as well as the largest online support community for those affected by lung cancer.