Weymouth Woman to Race Up Boston Place in Support of American Lung Association
Kim Fontes of Weymouth will climb in February in memory of her mother and her struggle with lung cancer.
A Weymouth woman is set to race up Boston Place in memory of her mother and her struggle with lung cancer.
Kim Fontes of Weymouth will participate in 8th annual “Race Up Boston Place” Fight for Air Climb which will be held by the American Lung Association of the Northeast
Fontes, a Team Captain of the climb team “Wine to the Top” will climb this February in memory of her mother, who lost her battle with lung cancer in 2003.
“Lung cancer is a fascinating disease,” said Fontes in a statement. “My mother was diagnosed with pneumonia and a broken rib. They found the cancer on her spine after it had metastasized from her lungs. “Most people do not know that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer. As I went through her struggle with her, I was drawn to the cause.”
Kim’s mom lost her battle after just a few short months, according to the American Lund Association. She was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in January and passed away in May. She had quit smoking more than three decades earlier. Kim has participated in the Fight for Air Climb for the past four years with a close friend and co-worker whose mother also lost her battle with lung cancer. This year, Kim will climb as team captain of Wine to the Top, a group of women who support Kim and her efforts to raise awareness of the leading cancer killer.
Fight for Air Climbs are being held all over the country to raise money and awareness for lung disease.
November marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is the single leading cancer killer of both men and women in the United States. The American Lung Association is working hard to reduce the stigma of this disease; no one deserves lung cancer. While smoking is responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer cases, other causes include radon exposure and industrial exposures to hazardous materials like asbestos and arsenic; even some genetic factors pose a lung cancer risk.