Lynn Osborne, a Tacoma mother of two, was 44 years old when she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008. She died this past February from the disease, one of 160,000 people who lose their lives every year to lung cancer.
At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Tacoma’s Ruston Way-Dickman Park, Lynn’s friends and family will take part in the Free to Breathe Tacoma 5k Run/Walk and 1 mile Walk to raise money for the National Lung Cancer Partnership, a non-profit organization focused on research, education and awareness programs.
Cathy Schrock, who works as the public information officer for the Federal Way Police Department, was Lynn’s best friend. She says, “This year is the first memorial walk and I am filled with so much emotion. I want to help fight the BEAST that took our best friend and mother.”
All cancers take a devastating toll but lung cancer is the leading killer in the United States, taking more lives than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. Only 15 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive it. This is primarily because today the vast majority of lung cancers are diagnosed at a late stage. Schrock says, “After experiencing the tragedy of losing someone close to me, I made a promise to Lynn and her family that I would dedicate my time raising the funds needed to fuel advances in early treatment and detection.”
For more information on the event and to register to donate, visit http://www.FreetoBreathe.org/Tacoma.