Taking steps towards a cure. Bolton Valley attracted about 50 racers to their Nordic Center for the annual 5K Snowshoe Shuffle, hosted by the American Lung Association. "Get outside and breathe the fresh air because there's people that can't get out there and breathe the fresh air anymore," said snowshoer, Diane Leary.
For Leary, shuffling through the woods hits close to home. "My husband passed away almost 4 years ago from throat cancer, that spread to his lungs," said Leary. Her husband, Michael, was 46-years-old. Leary walks in honor of him and two of her co-workers who currently battling cancer. But she walks with a spring in her step and a pal by her side who shares the same drive. "I knew Michael, not as well as Diane of course, but I knew Mike. And I have a lot of family members as well, so it's just a fun event. It's good to see people out supporting a good cause," said Diane's friend, Pat McGovern.
Members of the association board say the shuffle will raise about 10,000 dollars. It will be used for research. But for them -- the money is a bonus -- in comparison to promoting their mission. "We're outside, people are active, they're working their lungs, they're breathing in the clean air and it's just supporting the entire mission," said board member, Corey Hevrin. "It is a known killer. lung cancer is the number one killer and it's not commonly known I don't think. And some get lung cancer that never smoked" said Kent Booraem.
This is the fourth year the association has held the event, in hopes of bringing on more people for years to come. "Take care of yourselves, and enjoy every day live life to the fullest," said Leary.
A step in the right direction for fighting cancer.