Run for Hope Turkey Trot

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Where: Terra Bella

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The Annual Lung Cancer “Run For Hope” is held as a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.  This community event is Covington’s only lung cancer run during November, which is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and features a 1 Mile Fun Run and a 5K Run or Walk.  The course is set at the lovely Terra Belle Subdivision in Covington.  Participants, running or walking, have the opportunity to celebrate lung cancer survivors, give hope to all coping with the disease, gain education about lung cancer prevention, and raise awareness about the lack of funding for lung cancer research.  Many view lung cancer as a preventable disease – a disease of smokers; consequently, lung cancer programs are greatly underfunded, although it is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S.  Over 80% of newly diagnosed lung cancer cases are former and never smokers.  (Information obtained from the Lung Cancer Alliance 2010 Facts About Lung Cancer.)  All participants receive a race T-Shirt and post-race food, refreshments, and entertainment.  Race participants are encouraged to bring out their family and friends.

Run For Hope honors Vince Lombardo, a nonsmoker and 18-year lung cancer survivor who succumbed to the disease in January 2004.  Vince received his cancer treatments at MD Anderson and served on Anderson’s Network Steering Committee for 15 years, providing hope and encouragement to fellow cancer patients.  In November 2003, Vince was awarded the MD Anderson Joseph T. Painter Award for his outstanding volunteer work with cancer survivors – the first time an individual, not a resident of Texas, ever received the Painter Award.  Vince’s motto was “Never Deprive Someone of Hope, It May Be All They Have.”  As a way of continuing Vince’s message of hope to cancer patients and their families, Run For Hope was begun in November 2004 by Vince’s wife, Elaine, and his two sons, Vince, Jr. and Marc.  Vince, who was born in Westwego and raised his family in Nine Mile Point, had always hoped to move to the North Shore.  Now that his family resides on the North Shore, it is only befitting that the event is held in Covington.
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