Hometown Spotlight at Gibbs Cancer Center with Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

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Hometown Spotlight highlights the Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation 5K Saturday 11/3. The race is in Spartanburg every year to help raise money for research and work toward finding a cure. 

Organizers said the race is a way to learn more about the cancer that kills nearly 155,000 lives yearly. 

According to organizers, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is one of the largest philanthropies focusing exclusively on getting rid of lung cancer through research, early detection, education, and treatment.

The Gibbs Cancer Center at Spartanburg Regional is named a Center for Excellence.  

Organizer Pam Parham said the foundation attacks the disease by working with a diverse group of partners and their families to make this a chronically manageable disease by 2023. 

The organization website details how Bonnie was diagnosed in 2004 and survived painful surgeries and therapies before she began helping others do the same and work to find a cure.

Parham said the lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as breast cancer and more than three times as many men as prostate cancer.

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