Colleges Against Cancer: Run for Lungs 5K

By Sarah Wallenfang ’14
Treasurer, Colleges Against Cancer

Despite taking place on a chilly, overcast morning Colleges Against Cancer’s third annual Run for Lungs 5K helped the organization raise over $400 for the American Cancer Society and spread awareness about the dangers of smoking as a part of the Great American Smoke Out. The event took place this past Saturday, November 16th. Organized by Colleges Against Cancer and members of SNC’s Emerging Leaders program, this year had only a small group of 23 runners, but what they lacked in numbers they made up for in enthusiasm. Participants ran a loop down a stretch of the Fox River Trail beginning and ending at Voyageur park. Once they crossed the finish line and collected their times they were invited to attend a post-race celebration at the park that included a raffle and food donated from various local businesses. It was a perfect way to bring participants and volunteers together to enjoy a morning dedicated to helping a worthy cause.

The runners themselves were a testament to the event’s success.

Sally Schremp ’14 said, “It was a great event! I ran to support Colleges Against Cancer and in order to be healthier for myself.  This motivates me to exercise more and get fit.”

Many others echoed Sally’s sentiments that they really loved that this was an event that helped them get out and be active. However, for two of the event leaders the run had a more personal meaning.

Kelsey Whaley ’15, the Emerging Leaders’ mentor said, “I’m doing this because my great aunt recently passed away from lung cancer. I think this is such a great way to raise awareness for lung cancer and the dangers of smoking.”

Seve Scott ’14, a co-president for Colleges Against Cancer revealed, “I actually started this for my grandma who passed away from complications from a lifetime of smoking. I thought Colleges Against Cancer didn’t stress the Great American Smoke Out enough so when I was an emerging leader mentor my sophomore year I created this event for her.”

Photo Credit: Miranda Wallenfang ’14

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