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Fifth annual NCH Lung Run/Walk continues virtually

August 23, 2021

Participate at the location of your choice to support lung cancer patients at NCH

Conditioned runners and everyday joggers and walkers are encouraged to participate in the 2021 virtual “NCH Pairing Up to Beat Lung Cancer” 5k or 1 mile walk/run event, to support people living with lung cancer and remember those lost to the disease.

“Lung cancer has a stigma,” says NCH Lung Cancer Patient Navigator Juli Aistars, who founded the event in 2017 with her husband Val.  “Lung cancer doesn’t get the same amount of attention as other cancers, although it is the deadliest of all cancers. I wanted to do something to help people and to raise awareness that no one deserves to have lung cancer, whether they smoked or not.”

Participants in the 2018 NCH Pairing Up To Beat Lung Cancer

For the 5K or 1 mile event, participants can run or walk alone or as part of a two-person team (lungs come in pairs after all!) in the “twosome” division. Partners must register separately. Twosomes can be any gender combination.

The post-event celebration and lung cancer survivor event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 6 at Deer Grove East, Picnic Grove #4, in Palatine. There will be a memorial one-mile informal walk with signs along the way remembering those lost to lung cancer, designed by their own family and friends.

Finisher medals and T-shirts will be available at the post-event celebration or at Northwest Community Hospital following the event. Medals and T-shirts also can be mailed. Everyone who is registered by October 1 will get an event T-shirt, and registrants who submit their results online will receive finisher’s medals. 

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women. More people lose their lives to lung cancer than to colon, breast and prostate cancer combined. Low dose CT scans can detect lung cancer in its early stages, allowing for more treatment options and making the disease much more curable. Learn more at

One hundred percent of the profit from the race, after expenses, goes to the NCH Foundation Lung Cancer Fund, which has been providing compassionate financial assistance since 2017 for those fighting lung cancer who need help with basic living expenses while undergoing treatment at NCH. If you are not able to run or walk a 5K or 1 mile in the outdoor place of your choice, you may still help by designating a donation directly to the NCH Foundation Lung Cancer Fund.

To register or for more information, visit