A give-back night for Breathe Deep Naperville will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at Potbelly Sandwich Works, 236 S. Washington St., Naperville. Proceeds will go to the 11th annual Breathe Deep Naperville: A Walk & Rally to Stop Lung Cancer, which will benefit LUNGevity. Potbelly will donate 25 percent of total sales during the four hours of fundraising. In addition, registration forms for the November walk will be available.
“We always like to get involved with community activities, and this is a fantastic cause,” said Jeremy Morar, general manager for Potbelly, in a press release. “This will be our second year helping with this fundraiser, and we are excited to see this turn into an annual event.”
This year Melissa Fosco, of Naperville, is co-chairman of the LUNGevity walk for lung cancer with Michele Bowles, of Elmhurst.
When Fosco was just 9 years old, her mother died of breast cancer. Then four years ago her mother-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer and died after just two years. That same month Fosco and her husband heard about the LUNGevity walk, and they participated in her memory. She has been involved ever since.
“I am very excited to be co-chairing the walk and to help this organization grow,” Fosco said. “We are very focused on early detection, targeted therapies and genetic links which will save lives.”
The walk and rally was founded by Renee Kosiarek, of Naperville. After her father died of lung cancer 11 years ago, she set out to raise money and awareness of the deadly disease. Since then the walk has gained momentum from 100 people to about 500.
Since 2002, LUNGevity-funded research projects have totaled more than $15 million. This represents an investment in 100 projects at 56 institutions in 23 states. About 60 percent of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or are former smokers, and 1 in every 14 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer.
The Breathe Deep Naperville: A Walk & Rally to Stop Lung Cancer will take place at 10 a.m. Nov. 9, starting at the Riverwalk Park Grand Pavilion, 500 W. Jackson, Naperville. For more information, visit www.lungevity.org/naperville.