LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - About 1,200 walkers and runners laced up their shoes Saturday morning and headed to downtown Lake Charles for the Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K Run/Walk.
The event raises money for the Louisiana Lung Cancer Partnership and the Louisiana Hope Grant for lung cancer research.
Jean Kamla, President of the Louisiana Lung Cancer Partnership, organized the now annual event after her brother was diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago.
"When I looked at the statistics, I knew something needed to be done," said Kamla. "I just wanted to do this event and it has grown beyond my expectations."
Kamla said her brother was not a smoker, yet was still diagnosed with the disease.
"People need to know that anyone can get lung cancer. If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer," said Kamla. "It's not just smokers. It's not just a smoker's disease."
For more information or to find ways to help, visit Free to Breathe's website.