April 4, 2014

Running to Empower Others

By: Mustafa Masree

“Empowered patients live longer. Our message is simple… we want to live.”Bonnie J. Addario


A Couple of  Sundays ago, I ran the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation 5k at OSU. It was a wonderful, empowering experience running with lung cancer survivors, those at risk, and others who are fighting the disease in academia, hospitals, and industry.

Several weeks prior to the run Weather.com stated that Sunday, March, 23rd, was supposed to be sunny and 50 degrees. So, I planned on running in shorts and a shirt but not-so-surprisingly the day of the event was windy with a temperature in the low thirties. I decided to put on my tights, layer up, and soldier on the weather.mustafa6

Drawing from my own personal experience, where I did cancer research at OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center, if there is a problem in research it is funding. With federal funding dwindling, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation helps to fund cancer research efforts and makes it possible for novel therapeutics to reach patients. A patient-driven organization, BJALCF directly empowers patients through awareness, education, and treatment.By participating in this race I was able to help raise $17,605 for cancer research, education and treatment. I also shaved off 1.5 minutes from my 5K. Happy running!