Hundreds participate in A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation event

Updated: August 10, 2019 05:28 PM

People from across the Twin Cities came together to help fund lung cancer research Saturday.

It's the deadliest cancer for both men and women in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control.


The event hits close to home for the acting general manager of the Minnesota Wild Tom Kurvers, who was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer in January.

"It's been a journey of a lifetime since my diagnosis. Today is a celebration with family and friends and other survivors," said Kurvers.

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Kurvers and hundreds of other people took part in the 13th annual A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk Twin Cities this weekend.

"I wanted to speak and then the participation part came second, and I thought well I am able to run, I am going to run," said Kurvers.

A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation was founded by patients around 12 years ago.

"We fight lung cancer. We do it for the families that are in the battle right now. We use research as one of our vehicles," said Executive Director Nancy Torrison.

Torrison says the survival rate for lung cancer is 18.4% right now.

"Half of the people diagnosed each year are non-smokers. Everybody should know that. If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer," said Torrison.

KSTP's Tom Hauser put on his running shoes and joined the race around Lake Harriet. He ran for his mother who died of lung cancer 30 years ago.

Organizers hope this event will give people hope, or even feel better, even if it's just for a day.

"I am taking it on, head on, and that's what we all have to do when we are diagnosed with this disease," said Kurvers.

To learn more about the A Breath of Hope Research Program, visit

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