Gift of Life and Breath

Tenth Anniversary Race!

The Annual Gift of Life and Breath 5K Run/Walk is
May 20, 2017

Online registration for The Gift of Life and Breath 5K is now closed”. You may register in person on Saturday morning at check-in.

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This May marks the 10th anniversary of this incredible event! By participating, you are funding valuable research focused on detecting lung cancer in its early stages. Too often, lung cancer shows no symptoms until it’s reached advanced stages, when treatment options become limited. Each year, lung cancer claims more than 155,000 lives nationwide.

We select research projects through a competitive grant process. This year’s grant winner is Dr. Darinee Tippimanchai, a post doctoral fellow who has been working in research at the University of Colorado.

To date, proceeds from the Gift of Life and Breath race and other donations to the Gary L. and Thelissa Zollinger Endowment for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer total more than $750,000.

Also this year, we tell the story of the Zollingers’ (our founders) journey through lung cancer. Like every cancer story, theirs is unique. But it shares themes to which many can relate: faith, love, patience and humor, as well as advocacy, frustration, disbelief and despair. Above all, the Zollingers’ is a story of hope and possibility.   

We look forward to seeing familiar faces and new ones at this year’s run/walk event, which will be held Saturday, May 20, at 9 a.m. at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Registration begins at 8 a.m., or you can register now online.

Can’t make the race? You can still make a difference today.

To learn more about supporting the Gift of Life and Breath 5K Run/Walk as a participant, volunteer, committee member, contributor or sponsor, please contact Lindsay Andrews at 303-724-7823 or

Did you know lung cancer is the leading cancer killer?

Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both men and women in the United States. In 2016, lung cancer claimed an estimated 158,080 American lives, according to the American Cancer Society.

While smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, other causes include secondhand smoke and exposure to toxins such as radon and asbestos. Genetic predisposition and a history of tuberculosis may also be factors.

By focusing on early detection efforts, our goal is to offer positive outreach to the community and give lung cancer the immediate attention it needs. Public awareness and education are key factors in attracting needed research funding.

Thank you for your support. Each donation is a gift to the future – a gift of hope, of life, of breath.


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