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Fun Run to Raise Money for Lung Cancer Research

Organizers of Breathe Deep North Shore have a goal of raising $100,000 for lung cancer research. Last year's event raised $140,000.

There's still time to register to participate in Breathe Deep North Shore, a 5K fun run, 1-mile walk and balloon launch to raise crucial funds for the LUNGevity Foundation for lung cancer research.

The event will be held 9:30-11:30 Sunday, April 28 at Deerfield High School.

Registration fees are $10-$25, and is free for lung cancer survivors.

"It’s going to be an incredible family-friendly event," said Sue Bersh, a LUNGevity board member who's coordinating the event with friend Cindy Schwartz.

The event will include music, games and activities like a photo booth, nail polish and hair braiding stations, massages, plus refreshments from Corner Bakery, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Panera and others.

"Our 500-balloon launch is going to be remarkable. And our event t-shirts and goodie bags are awesome!" said Bersh, whose team is Elyse's Legacy.

Bersh said this is a cause that is very personal for her since losing her friend Elyse Bernstein Keefe to lung cancer more than four years ago.

"I am also in this fight for my courageous friend Jill Feldman, a 42-year-old Deerfield mom of four, as well as many other friends fighting the disease today."

Last year's event had more than 1,300 participants and raised $140,000.

This year's goal is $100,000. So far, more than $88,000 has been raised by participating teams.

To learn more about this event, start or join another team, or make a donation, visit www.lungevity.org/northshore.

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