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The finish line goal is to support the fight against lung cancer SEATTLE, Wash. – July 1, 2005 – Virginia Mason Medical Center and SEAFAIR are launching a new marathon called The Virginia Mason Team Medicine Marathon at SEAFAIR on July 10. The newest event to the SEAFAIR line up and the newest marathon for the Pacific Northwest, the event combines a USA Track & Field certified course, 4,000-6,000 participants and a charitable goal, to help the fight against lung cancer. The marathon will benefit lung cancer research at Virginia Mason and bring hope to cancer patients. Currently, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the United States and affects more cancer patients than prostate, colon and breast cancer combined. Research is critical to find new detection options for lung cancer as well as treatment for the illness. “There is a great need for more answers for lung cancer patients. We need to detect this cancer earlier in patients. This marathon will help raise awareness about lung cancer and lend support for research to find more effective screening and treatment options. Lung cancer is the leading killer of both men and women today—an immense challenge. Virginia Mason is proud to be a part of this event,” said Donald E. Low, MD, FACS, Section Head of the Thoracic Oncology Program at Virginia Mason. Virginia Mason’s lung cancer team is part of the Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason—a comprehensive facility that integrates all aspects of cancer care into one setting. In March of 2005, Virginia Mason opened a new facility that brings all cancer care services directly to the patient, a unique model for care. “Get on the fast track to health. Virginia Mason encourages leading an active lifestyle, including regular exercise, like running, as a way to stay healthy. It is an important step in preventing cancer. And definitely stop smoking! Data shows that smoking is the leading contributor to lung cancer. Eliminating that habit or better still, never starting is critical,” continued Dr. Low, “We’re looking forward to this event that will support a very important cause.” Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of nearly 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care Seattle hospital. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason. ###
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