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Nashville Free to Breathe 5K and 1-Mile Walk

November 5, 2017 @ 6:30 am

Nashville Locals Rally to Support Innovative Lung Cancer Research

Free to Breathe 5K and 1-Mile Walk on Sunday, November 5, 2017 to Fund Research and Double Survival

NASHVILLE, TN – Hundreds of local residents are joining forces to fight lung cancer, united in the belief that surviving lung cancer should be the expectation, not the exception. The Nashville Free to Breathe 5K and 1-Mile Walk will take place Sunday, November 5 at the Edwin Warner Park (7311 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221). All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to increasing lung cancer survival. New this year, there is no registration fee. In order to received an event day t-shirt, participants must raise a minimum of $100.  

“By fundraising and joining us on event day, you are bringing hope to those affected by the disease and their families,” said volunteer event chair Ron Hollis of Brentwood. “Lung cancer claims more lives each year than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined, yet these three cancers receive more research funding. More treatment options are needed, and the innovative research we’re funding through the fundraising efforts of our community can help ensure everyone diagnosed with the disease has a fighting chance.”

The Free to Breathe events community has raised over $16 million to support groundbreaking research and educational programs since 2005. Funds raised support life saving lung cancer research, promote access to clinical trials while building and empowering the lung cancer community.  

Picture - Nashville Free to Breathe 5K and 1-Mile WalkLast year, community members, teams, and companies across the region supported the Nashville Free to Breathe 5K Walk by raising over $29,000. Event chairs hope to surpass that total in 2017, which will go a long way in supporting programs specifically designed to ensure that more patients become survivors. Every dollar counts to the more than 224,000 people diagnosed in the U.S with lung cancer each year. In Tennessee alone, an estimated 5,830 residents will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017.

This year’s event will feature a 5K and 1-Mile Walk. The day will also include kids’ activities music and fun for the whole family. Special recognition will be given to top finishers and fundraisers. Gather your squad, and join us for an inspiring day focused on doubling lung cancer survival. To register and begin fundraising, visit  


12:30 p.m. – Registration & check-in
1:30 p.m. – Opening Rally
2:00 p.m. – 5K Walk
2:05 p.m. – 1-Mile Walk
3:15 p.m. – Closing Rally



Free to Breathe

Free to Breathe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022. For more information, visit