Tampa, FL – Memorial Hospital of Tampa, an HCA West Florida facility, is sponsoring its 1st Annual Run for Lungs 5K to benefit the American Lung Association on Saturday, November 19 at 10:00am at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. This inaugural event is being held to honor individuals afflicted with lung cancer, those they have touched, and the people who love them.

“Each year, there are too many lives lost to lung disease,” said Alison Mulhall, RN, and Nurse Navigator for the Lung Program at Memorial Hospital. “This event provides us with an opportunity to raise awareness that lung disease is on the rise and to make an impact for those who have lost the fight or are struggling with lung disease.”

As the coordinator of the Run for Lungs, Mulhall and the hospital have teamed up with the American Lung Association to create a fundraising event for the community to support programs and services, research, advocacy and public health education.

Memorial Hospital of Tampa, located in South Tampa, provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary lung program for the diagnosis and treatment of lung nodules for best patient outcomes. Services include lung screening CT scans, navigational bronchoscopy, bronchial thermoplasty and free community support groups such as Better Breathers and Smoking Cessation.  Team clinicians include physicians from pulmonary, radiology, cardiology, oncology, pathology, primary care, cardiothoracic surgeons, and a nurse navigator.

“Using the most advanced and innovative medical technology available in our community, we are able to locate and stage very small lung nodules which are potentially cancerous,” said Dragos Zanchi, M.D., pulmonologist at Memorial Hospital. “Patients are treated on an outpatient basis and released in a few hours, and we are able to save lives by diagnosing lung cancer in its early stage.”

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. In conjunction with the American Lung Association, Memorial Hospital is sponsoring the Run For Lungs event to support the mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.