LUNGe Forward for Week-Long Celebration (9.26 to 10.3)

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Duke Raleigh Hospital is the Survivor, Families & Friends sponsor for this year's Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina Triangle LUNGe Forward 2-Mile Walk & Celebration. The week-long event, virtual this year, kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m. on LCI's Facebook page. Walkers/runners may start and complete their walk anytime between Sept. 26 and Oct. 3.

A  week of virtual special events — including gardening tips, yoga, cooking class, and game night — will also be held during this period, culminating in a virtual wrap-up to celebrate the event's success on Saturday, October 3.

Registration this year is free. Survivors will receive a free survivor shirt. All other LUNGe Forward participants will be asked to raise or donate $50 to be eligible to receive a t-shirt after the event.

"This year's event is so important as we continue to raise awareness and critical funding for lung cancer research and celebrate hope with the lung cancer community," said Paige Humble, executive director of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina.

Week-Long Schedule of Special Events

Saturday, Sept 26 morning from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Triangle LUNGe Forward Kickoff Event broadcast from the NC Museum of Art. WATCH

Monday, Sept 28 evening from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Gardening Class on "General Integrated Plant Management Strategies," which are designed to keep vegetable plants as healthy as possible, making them better equipped to resist and tolerate pest and disease pressure. Presented by Matt Jones, horticulture extension agent with NC Cooperative Extension in Chatham County. MORE INFORMATION

Tuesday, Sept 29 morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Yoga !
Our yoga instructor, Yoli is a California transplant to NC. She moved here with her young family over 14 years ago. Yoli earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her Jesuit education instilled in her a desire to serve others. She has a long career of working for small creative agencies and more recently for software development firms. However, it’s her volunteer work and teaching yoga that give her the greatest satisfaction. Two years ago, Yoli fulfilled a dream of hers to become a certified Yoga Instructor. She loves the simple act of showing up to bring peace and movement to people and feels led to serve others in this manner. REGISTRATION DETAILS, TBA

Wednesday, Sept 30 afternoon from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Survivor Tent Luncheon via Zoom. Registration is required. REGISTER

Thursday, Oct 1 evening from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Live and interactive HL Catering Cooking Class; a unique and fun experience to bring people together and create a delicious meal at the safety of your own home. From basic fundamentals to skills you can show off at your next dinner party, join us for a night of fun in the kitchen! We will be preparing a Flatbread Pizza with salad with homemade dressing and a cocktail.

Limited space available - Registration is required. REGISTER and Receive Your Cooking Package with all of the Ingredients and Cooking Tools Needed

Friday, Oct 2 evening 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Game Night on Zoom

DEVICE REQUIREMENTS: Desktop/Laptop Preferred or tablet with a width resolution greater than 600px (virtually all tablets). Headphones can also help with smaller devices. Virtual Game Night was built to be played on a laptop, desktop, or tablet (not on your phone). Test your camera and mic in advance to make sure it's all good to go.


Saturday, Oct 3, 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Triangle LUNGe Forward Wrap up & Top Team Fundraising Drawing via Facebook. WATCH


All proceeds from the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina Triangle LUNGe Forward 2-Mile Walk & Celebration benefit lung cancer research in the Triangle.

Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina 2020 Research Fellow

Carolyn Glass, MD, PhDThis year the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is supporting thoracic pathologist Carolyn Glass, MD, PhD, with a $25,000 grant for her project: “Identifying Epigenetic Biomarkers that Predict Response to Immunotherapy in Lung Cancer Patients.”

Glass is working to identify specific molecular epigenetic biomarkers that may be able to predict who and who does not respond to immunotherapy.

As a thoracic pathologist, Glass diagnoses lung/mediastinal cancers and non-neoplastic lung diseases.

She works closely with the Duke Thoracic Oncology Group and DCI Center for Cancer Immunotherapy.