Woman spreads lung awareness through race

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Patricia Lyman considers her lung cancer diagnosis a lucky one. The 16-year Westminster resident had come in to be screened for another health issue, but left with a Stage 1 lung cancer diagnosis in September last year.

“My diagnosis was an incidental finding. I had no symptoms at all,” she said. “Most people find out about lung cancer after they have some symptoms, and by that time it’s usually at stage 3 or 4. I was very lucky.”

After the diagnosis, Lyman underwent surgery to remove the cancer, and since then she’s had two clean CAT Scan screenings.

The gratefully healthy Lyman is involved in the Free to Breath Denver 5K Run/Walk as an advocate for research and fundraising, hoping to spread lung cancer awareness. She said she wants to do whatever she can to help others in her same situation as well as prevent future lung cancer diagnoses.

“As an advocate I help people become aware of the lung cancer symptoms and spread awareness,” she said. “Lung cancer is pretty much the number one cancer killer not just in the United State but the world. There is a great need for research, and for research to happen there needs to be funding.”

The fourth annual Free to Breathe Denver 5K Run/Walk is Oct. 6 at Washington Park, 701 S. Franklin St. in Denver.

Registration and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the opening rally at 8:45 a.m. with the start of the race at 9 a.m. Cost is $35 to participate and all proceeds support the National Lung Cancer Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022. 

“Anyone with lungs can get lung cancer,” Lyman said.

“Most people know someone who has been affected by the lung cancer and this event is a great way to help fund more research.”

For more information, visit www.FreetoBreathe.org/denver.

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