Although James Williard, RN, LMT, from Arvada, Colo. lost his father Flay Edward Williard to lung cancer in 2014, he hasn’t slowed down in his dedication to honor his fighting spirit. He continues to increase awareness and support funding for life-saving lung cancer research and will take part in the American Lung Association in Colorado’s annual Run the Rocks 5k/10k at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre on Sunday, October 10.
“As the owner of a dance studio called Zenergy Dancesport, the dance teachers and I share our passion for participating in the Run the Rocks with our students and staff,” said Williard.
After his father’s passing, James started joining in the Lung Association’s Run the Rocks event. It’s been non-stop since then. He has either run or participated in six Run the Rocks events. In total, James has raised around $1,500 for the Lung Association and he’s determined to increase that amount. The funds raised have been in memory of Flay, but to also honor James’ mother and brother who have both passed away from lung cancer since he lost his father. James plans to continue “dancing the rocks” to help others.
“My passion is to promote lung health and bring awareness to the dangers of this terrible disease,” Williard said.
Registration is open for Run the Rocks, which invites individuals, families, groups of friends, and corporate teams to run or walk the 5K or 10K route, but don’t wait because capacity is limited so save your spot early.
“I’m excited to be back at this event at the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre,” said Williard. “It will be great to see everyone and have the community come together to enjoy the beautiful views and experience the challenging hills and stairs, all for a great cause.”
The safety of participants, staff and volunteers is always our number one priority, so we are continually monitoring local conditions that might affect the event. Everyone is encouraged to check our event website for the most up-to-date information leading up to the event.
Participants are encouraged to fundraise to support the Lung Association’s efforts. For more information, and to register, visit RuntheRocks.org.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.