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Local Woman Walks to Honor Mother's Last Wish

(May 30, 2018) -

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Local woman Samantha Thangaraj lost her mother to stage 4 lung cancer and now honors her mother’s last wish to help those diagnosed with the disease by participating in the American Lung Association in Colorado’s LUNG FORCE Walk on June 2.

In August 2015, Thangaraj’s mother visited the doctor because of a severe cough. Just one month later, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

“It was an extremely sad time for all of us. Due to the cancer already being spread, she only had the option of chemo and radiation. She was a big part of my son's life and he was her number one reason to try to fight this,” she said.

Because of the late stage of diagnoses, in February 2016, her mother lost her battle with the disease. Later that year, Thangaraj signed up for the LUNG FORCE Walk to memorialize her mother and honor her last wish.

“I believe it is so important that the Lung Association helps to fund new drugs to help those who suffer from lung cancer. My mother's last wish was to help those that are diagnosed so they and their families don't have to suffer as we have and still do daily,” said Thangaraj. “I will forever be indebted to helping in finding a cure for lung cancer in her memory until I meet her again for eternal life.”

In the last three years, Thangaraj has focused on recruiting a larger team and raising even more money to fight lung cancer.

The annual LUNG FORCE Walk is on Saturday, June 2 at the Denver Botanic Gardens-Chatfield Farms in Littleton. More information about the walk and registration is available at


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