Dozens of people took to the sidewalk in Hartford to raise money for cancer research | New

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – A hot summer day for LUNG FORCE’s fifth annual walk in Hartford.

Earlier today, dozens of cancer fighters and survivors, along with their families, marched to raise funds in Great River Park.

With pompoms in hand, today it was about walking for their loved ones.

Through Great River Park, around 100 people walked a mile and a half to raise funds for research into lung cancer and lung disease.

“I was diagnosed in January 2016, literally three months after I retired, and they thought I had pneumonia, but they quickly found out I had stage 4 lung cancer,” says Marie Vasquez.

For Marie, this walk is personal since she is currently undergoing treatment, but she is not fighting this fight alone.

His grandson, as well as his family, are the acolytes.

“It was fun. Very hot, but I think it was for a good cause and I would do it five times more,” explained Marie’s grandson Cole Faucati.

Marie’s team is called ‘Ma’s Team’. Ma is what Cole calls her.

He, along with about sixteen other teams, finally got together today for an in-person walk after last year’s walk was taken virtually, due to COVID.

“It’s been tough being apart from everyone in this community. I know we took a virtual walk and it was great, but being together is so uplifting,” said Joi Morse, director of development for the community. ‘American Lung Association.

Despite COVID, the American Lung Association surpassed its goal of $ 25,000 and now those funds will go to smoking cessation programs and asthma management, among others, but like Douglas Clarke, who has been battling cancer since five years tells us that prevention is a possibility.

“Don’t smoke, don’t vape, take care of yourself, [and] monitor radon. Radon may be what caused it to me. Even if you have your home checked, check every three years, ”Clarke added.

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