Our Hospital, Our Stories“Give a Breath” 5k Will Return for 2021 with Renewed Focus

Posted on: Nov 19, 2020

In 2020, the Give a Breath breath walk/run—led by Founder Tim Monds—was held virtually for the first time and succeeded in raising $30,545 in support of lung cancer research. For its third year, we are hoping to go even further!

Tim Monds, lung cancer awareness advocate and Founder of Give a Breath (image originally used in Lung Health Foundation's report).

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

In August of this year, the second annual (and first-ever virtual) Give a Breath 5k Walk/Run was held in support of lung cancer research. The event succeeded in bringing in an inspiring amount of donations—over $30,000! And in its two years, it has now generated over $65,000.

Click here for highlights from the 2020 event

But, lung cancer is not slowing down, so neither are we.

Led by Founder Tim Monds (a non-smoker who has an ongoing battle with lung cancer), next year’s Give a Breath 5k walk/run—which supports the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation—is planned to be even bigger.

While this year’s Give a Breath was aimed at improving early detection for biomarkers and destigmatizing lung cancer—especially for non-smokers—the 2021 iteration will take it a step further.

The 2021 Give a Breath walk/run is scheduled for June 5th, 2021. It will again feature a virtual component and, pending the situation surrounding the pandemic, may also include a live, in-person component. There will again be prizes for top runners and top donations.

Read Tim Monds’ story

Beyond Give a Breath, Tim also takes an active role in other lung cancer initiatives and has added his strength to the Lung Health Foundation to rally around their Stop Asking The Wrong Question campaign.

Click here to read Lung Health Foundation's Lung Cancer Antistigma Report 
(Tim’s story is on page 14)

The campaign focuses on not asking the wrong question of a lung cancer sufferer. That is, “Did you smoke?” The stigma around lung cancer, in Tim’s words, is that, “It is considered by many people to be a smoker’s disease, and it is not. So many people are non-smokers, or considered non-smokers because they quit 30 years ago.”

“Lung cancer is a disease that can impact anybody.” - Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Eric Bedard

As a major advocate for lung cancer awareness, Tim also serves on the Board of the University of Calgary’s Evict Radon initiative, a group dedicated to ridding the environment of radon. Radon is a colourless and odourless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is entirely preventable.

Tim was also recently featured on Global News, click here to watch the segment.

Thank you to all who helped make Give a Breath 2020 a reality, and we hope to see you all next year!

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