Just Days after Mother’s Day Two Sisters Honor Mother’s Memory by Participating in Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Walk: Boston Presented by Lahey Health
(June 10, 2015)
When Kristina and Shannon Fay participate in the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Walk in Boston, it will be almost 10 years since their mother, Middy Fay, passed away from lung cancer. The walk will be held on Thursday May 14 at Boston Common. The following day of the walk, will mark the ten year anniversary of their mother’s passing and five days after Mother’s Day. “It’s a little overwhelming, but it will be nice to able to celebrate her life with the dates being so close together,” Kristina said.
Shannon was 16 years-old and Kristina was 19 years-old when their mother passed away. “It was a shock. I always thought she would beat it. That’s what I relied on most,” said Kristina. Middy Fay was 47 years-old when she received her diagnoses and she died when she was 50 years-old. After going through chemotherapy, Middy and her family thought her treatment was successful, but after a visit to her doctor, learned it had returned and she only had a few weeks to live. “That was devastating to hear, I remember I couldn’t stop crying,” Kristina said.
The LUNG FORCE Walk is like no other charity walk. With an inspiring signature song and music, participants will celebrate the collective power of our breath. Friends, neighbors and colleagues will rally together against lung cancer—and for lung health for everyone. The walk will also raise funds for research, advocacy, education and awareness.
Shannon and Kristina are hoping their participation in the LUNG FORCE Walk will help others avoid going through the same tragedy. “I had to graduate high school without my mother and our older sister got married a year after she passed away. Nobody should have to go through that. Another reason we’re doing this is to promote early detection. When our mom was diagnosed it was already Stage 3b,” Shannon said.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Shannon and Kristina involved in our LUNG FORCE Walk in Boston,” said Jeff Seyler CEO & President of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. It’s important we hold events like the LUNG FORCE Walk to raise awareness and funding for lung disease. We appreciate the Fay sisters utilizing this walk to honor their mother’s memory and helping us educate others about the importance of lung cancer screening.”
Registration for the LUNG FORCE Walk will begin at 5 p.m. on May 14th. The LUNG FORCE Walk: Boston is presented by Lahey Health and locally sponsored PerkinElmer and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. To find out more about the walk or to register visit http://action.lung.org/Boston. Other walks will be held in New York City and Warwick, Rhode Island and Vermont.