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Mary Baretta “Grace” Fund

The Bonnie J. Addario

Lung Cancer Foundation &

for Walk L ung C ancer To breathe fresh energy into raising both awareness and funding for lung cancer, the Mary Baretta “Grace” Fund 5K Run/Walk kicks off its inaugural event on April 24 in Boulder.


he event honors the memory of Mary Baretta who succumbed to non-smoker’s lung cancer in 2009. But it is also provides a platform for bringing funding and awareness issues into focus, says Ron Baretta, Mary’s husband and one of the organizers of the walk. Early detection of this deadly disease is essential, Baretta says, as he reflects on Mary’s story. “Here’s this really healthy woman who exercised and did everything correctly. She was a non-smoker and she had lung cancer? It was a shock,” recalls Baretta. “There is a stigma around lung cancer,” he continues. “One of the reasons there is not a lot of money in lung cancer research is because people think it’s all about smoking and that those who have it, brought it on themselves.” That’s not true. In fact, non-smoking cancer statistics are on the rise and it has become increasingly more common for non-smokers to be diagnosed with lung cancer. Statistics show one in five women and one out of 10 men diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked.

Mary Baretta “Grace” Fund 5K Walk/Run

By Kay Rios

Join the BJALCF/MBGF on Saturday, April 24, 2010, for their first ever 5K walk/ run in loving memory of Mary Baretta “Grace.” Participants can “walk, run, tumble, crawl, sprint, . . . hop, skip or jump” their way to the finish line while raising much-needed funding for early detection and lung cancer research.

Other little known facts about lung cancer: •

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. among every ethnic group: one in every three cancer deaths.

Lung cancer kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined.

Over 60 percent of new cases are neversmokers or former smokers, many of whom quit decades ago.

Over 450 people die a day of lung cancer in the U.S. – an average of 19 people an hour. Every three minutes another person is diagnosed with lung cancer.

Lung cancer surpassed breast cancer as the #1 cancer killer of women in 1987. However, for every $9 spent on breast cancer, only $1 is spent on lung cancer in the U.S.

The majority of lung cancer patients are being diagnosed so late that they will die within one year.

The underfunding of lung cancer research has kept its survival rate as low as 15.5 percent – the same as it was over 40 years ago.

Race registration stars at 3:30 p.m. The shotgun start begins at 4:30 p.m. and the after-race celebration goes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event is located at the Boulder Reservoir, 5100 North 31st Street, Boulder. The goal is to make history with 1,000 participants in 2010. “The hope for this first one is to raise $50,000,” says Ron Baretta, one of the organizers. “Next year, we may do one in Fort Collins as well but this year we’ll focus on the one in Boulder and do it right.” Participants are encouraged to preregister for the walk/run online at For additional information call (303) 586-1625 or email

- Statistics provided by the Lung Cancer Alliance and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.


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