For the fifth consecutive year, the Orioles will host LUNGevity Foundation’s Breathe Deep Baltimore, a 5K walk to raise funds and awareness for lung cancer, which again this year will be held in memory of Orioles’ late Public Relations Director, Monica Pence Barlow. The walk will take place on Saturday, October 6, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET.
All proceeds from the walk will benefit LUNGevity Foundation, a nonprofit firmly committed to making an immediate impact on increasing quality-of-life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as providing community, support, and education for all those affected by the disease. The Orioles have helped to raise over $713,000 for LUNGevity Foundation since the partnership began in 2012.
“The Baltimore Orioles are wonderful partners in the quest to create a world where no one dies from lung cancer,” said Andrea Ferris, President and CEO of LUNGevity. “They have been instrumental in raising awareness and vital funds for research into the early detection and better therapeutics for the disease. We are thrilled to continue working with the Orioles and to have the opportunity to honor Monica’s memory, and inspire hope amongst lung cancer survivors nationwide.”
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and fees are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for youth. There is no race fee for lung cancer survivors and children five and under. Registration is available online at www.orioles.com/lungevity. Donations made online through September 20 will be eligible for various prizes reflective of the total funds raised through the Breathe Deep Fundraising Rewards Program. Registrants who raise at least $250 will receive a special performance t-shirt.
Monica Pence Barlow was the Orioles Public Relations Director and a member of the organization for 14 years. Barlow passed away in February of 2014 after a four-and-a-half-year battle with non-small cell lung cancer. Barlow was very active with LUNGevity Foundation, raising funds and awareness through interviews and walks.