Sunday, October 13, 2019

"Breathe Deep Amador" raises over $22K for the Nation's Number-One Cancer Killer

Crazy Hat/Hair 5K Fun Run/Walk to Support Lung Cancer Research
SUTTER CREEK, CA – On September 28, 2019, the third annual Breathe Deep Amador 5K Fun Run/Walk took place at the Italian Picnic Grounds and featured a new twist—crazy hats and hair! 
Breathe Deep Amador originated in honor of Len Jagoda who lost his fight with lung cancer in 2011. This year, in memory of Len’s love of crazy hats, the event was a Crazy Hat/Hair event. Over 100 participants wore their craziest hat or hairdo to celebrate all those who are living with or have been lost to lung cancer and to support the LUNGevity Foundation. Over $22,000 was raised at this event alone. Since 2011, Amador County and friends have raised over $105,000 for LUNGevity.   
Sponsors of this year’s event were:
  • Gold Sponsors
    • Jackson Rancheria
    • Village Real Estate (Sara Allen, broker)
  • Silver Sponsor
    • Ameriprise (Terry Hickey)
  • Bronze Sponsors
    • Terra de Oro/Montevina Winery (Jeff Meyers)
    • Sutter Health
    • UC Davis Health--Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Community Sponsor
    • The Volcano Union Inn and Pub (Tracey and Mark Berkner)
  • In-Kind Donors
    • Amador Ledger Print, Kamp’s Propane, Buy N Sell Press, UpCountry Pool Center, Tarot &, Chocolatte, CPU Onsite, Pine Grove Pizza, Swensen’s Shoes, Perko’s Café Jackson, Le’s Chinese Restaurant, Claypool’s Gift and Home, Mr. Beefy’s, Rare Exceptions Jewelers, Pine Cone Pharmacy, DayDreams Skin & Nail Care, Hein & Company Used and Rare Books, Gold Mine Jewelers, Gold Country Lanes, Blackwell Beauty Studio, Om Shanti Wellness Center, Mace Meadows Golf Course and Meadow Grille, The Celtic Knot, Ridge Road Garden Center, Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery, Sierra Mountain Home Furnishings & Gifts, Jamba Juice , Homestead Mortgage, Rosebud’s Café, Delynda Clarity, Michael Maloney, Kathleen Delaney
Amador High School S Club volunteers assisted as course monitors and assisted with brunch service.
The opening ceremony included remarks by Tom Dickson, Sutter Amador CEO and Margaret Burnett with her brother Michael Haddorf, who shared the emotional impact of their father’s diagnosis of lung cancer three years ago.  It was a day of community, remembrance, shared tears, and laughter with happy memories as well as hope for those who are living with lung cancer today.  Alec Raines ran the 5K course in 27 minutes and was the first to complete the fun run.  After the walk/fun run, participants enjoyed a delicious brunch along with other activities including massage, Hope Rocks, and prize drawings.
This annual event supports LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s leading lung cancer organization investigating lifesaving, translational research and providing support services and education for patients and caregivers. LUNGevity’s goals are three-fold:
  1. Accelerate research to patients
  2. Empower patients to be active participants in their treatment decisions
  3. Remove barriers that patients face in accessing the right treatments.
What is the impact of the money raised?
  • LUNGevity has funded 127 projects at 59 institutions in 23 states.
  • LUNGevity is funding research to develop noninvasive early detection tests.
  • More new treatments for lung cancer have been approved by the FDA in the past 3 years than in the last 3 decades combined!
  • Advances in precision medicine and immunotherapy are changing lung cancer outcomes.
  • LUNGevity’s Lung Cancer Support Community is the largest online lung cancer network, providing education, support, and guidance to those with lung cancer.

About LUNGevity Foundation
LUNGevity Foundation is firmly committed to making an immediate impact on increasing quality of life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as by providing community, support and education for all those affected by the disease. Our vision is a world where no one dies of lung cancer. For more information about LUNGevity Foundation, visit

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