By Mike Stankiewicz
A local Alexandria lung cancer survivor will be walking in this Sunday’s LUNGevity Foundation’s Breathe Deep DC 5K at the Washington Monument.
Chip Kennett, 33, is a father of two, who survived Stage 4 lung cancer. The walk is to raise awareness and donations for lung cancer research and to kick off Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
Kennet’s journey started in the fall of 2012 when he went to see a doctor about a burry spot in his eye. He was brought in for an MRI which showed cancer in his right eye and a PET scan showed cancerous cells in his lungs, liver, lymph nodes and bones. He was given one to two years to live. This October will be the second anniversary of his survival.
LUNGevity’s Breathe Deep DC Walk will take place on the National Mall at 15th St. and Independence Ave. SW, Washington D.C. 20024 on Sunday Nov. 2. Check-in beings at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some facts about lung cancer:
- One in 14 Americans is diagnosed with lung cancer during their lifetime.
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, regardless of gender or ethnicity.
- Lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as breast cancer and more than three times as many men as prostate cancer.
- About 55% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or are former smokers.
- Only 17% of all people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive five years or more, but if it’s caught before it spreads, the chance for five year survival improves to 52%.