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Penn Medicine Radnor Run to Celebrate 42 years; Local LUNG FORCE Hero will kick off the race

American Lung Association in Pennsylvania event raises awareness of more than 32 million Americans suffering from lung disease

(October 15, 2019) - Wayne, PA

For more information please contact:

Valerie Gleason
[email protected]

WAYNE, PA (10/15/19) – A favorite for local runners, the Penn Medicine Radnor Run will celebrate its 42nd year on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Radnor Township Building in Wayne, PA. The race features a certified 5-mile timed course and a 1-mile fun run/walk for all ages. The money raised from the event supports the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania and its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.

“The American Lung Association can achieve its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease with our research investments, educational efforts and by raising awareness” says Caroline Hutchinson, Executive Director of the American Lung Association.  “Each year, the Radnor Run brings together local families and communities for a morning of competitive fitness, fun activities for the entire family, and lung health education.”

Mainline resident, Denise Zimmerman, will share her story and help kick off the race. Denise is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor. “If this was five years ago, I’d be dead. If my doctor didn’t suggest a lung scan, I could be dead. If my oncologist, radiation therapist, nurses, and others on my medical support team weren’t so fiercely committed to saving lives I might be dead. If I didn’t have the support, love and kindness of family, friends or blessed with a good sense of humor life might not be worth living. But it is,” said Denise. 

“My primary doctor strongly suggested that as a former smoker I get a lung scan. I shrugged it off. I had no symptoms. The hospital kept calling to schedule. Finally, I did. My tumor was 8cm. A year or so later, after chemo, immunotherapy and radiation, I am here to tell the tale. It’s difficult to say if I am cured but as my doc likes to say my tumor is behaving. I now go every four months for a scan to make sure that bad boy is under control,” said Denise.

“I am a stage 4 cancer survivor. I am also an addict. A nicotine addict. There is, however, no public empathy, addiction support groups, marches, runs or legislation pending to help addicts. How many others could be saved if there was more empathy and community support for nicotine addicts? Make no mistake, this isn’t my story but a story of those who surrounded me, made me soup, brought me cake, gave me a warm blanket, laughed with me, loved me, cared for me and played Rock Lobster on request. This is the story of a life worth living. There is no shame in being an addict. You are not to blame. The shame is if you let the shamers define your character and undermine your ability to take back your life,” said Denise.

As a LUNG FORCE Hero, Denise will share her story at the Radnor Run and encourage others to raise their voices to help defeat lung cancer. In Pennsylvania alone, there are 8,250 residents living with lung cancer; 1,718,698 who live with chronic lung disease; and 10,380 who will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Denise and other LUNG FORCE Heroes inspire, encourage and empower us to raise our voices for lung health and to raise awareness and research funding needed to defeat lung cancer.    

ABOUT THE RACE: The 2019 Radnor Run is close to raising its $120,000 goal with over $102,000 raised to date; and is expected to draw approximately 1,000 attendees. The main race is a 5-mile USA Track & Field sanctioned and certified race through the surrounding scenic neighborhood in Wayne. The 5-mile runners will be professionally timed by Run the Race Day Race Management using Chrono Track disposable bib chips. The Start/Finish is at Radnor Township Building. The Radnor Run also includes an untimed 1-mile fun run or walk for adults and youth of all ages. Presenting Sponsor Penn Medicine will host a health fair onsite and there will be additional informational tables, festivities and sponsor giveaways. The race starts at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is online at: The fee for 5-Mile event is $35 if participants pay between Oct. 1 and Oct. 26; and $40 to register on race weekend. Last minute race day registration is available at the Township building between 7 and 8 a.m. Parking for the event will be located at the Penn Medicine facility at 250 King of Prussia Road in Wayne. Shuttle buses will bring participants to Radnor Township Building. Participants may not park at the Township Building. The last shuttle departs for the start line at 8 a.m. Buses will resume approximately 9:40 a.m.

The event is sponsored by Penn Medicine, Radnor Township, Brandywine Realty Trust, The Radnor Hotel, Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Apt Management, IMC Construction, Lincoln Financial Group, Pfizer and many other local companies.

Fundraising for the event will continue through November 30, 2019 in honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Top Fundraising teams and individuals will be announced on December 2, 2019.

Media interested in covering the event please contact the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania Communications Director Valerie Gleason, 717-503-3903, 302-275-2277 (cell) or [email protected]

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