people, Weber said people could reduce the chances of getting this illness by not smoking.
“If there’s anything someone can do to just stop smoking and get help, they’re less likely to be one of those 4,000 people a year to die of lung cancer,” he said.
His run helped Virginia kick off Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which began, Nov. 1. According to the American Lung Association of Virginia, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States and causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers (colon, breast and prostate) combined.
The association hopes the Patriot Run will also assist with recruiting Virginia Lung Cancer Research Plate applications. Virginians now have a new way to support lung cancer research, awareness and prevention by purchasing a special license plate from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Before the plates can be officially developed by the DMV, 350 applications must be received.
Virginian drivers can order the plates from the Web site www.lungsusa.org/virginia.
Even though Weber has completed his run, he is not done promoting healthy lungs. Weber said he has raised $2,000 for the American Lung Association of Virginia and has a goal of $50,000.