BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The crowd at Oriole Park Saturday wasn’t there for the game. Their cause is life and death.
Pat Warren reports the Lungevity Foundation hosted a walk raising money for cancer research.
Among the faces of lung cancer patients posted on the Jumbotron you see Monica Barlow, a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor, who joined other survivors at Camden Yards Saturday.
“I was perfectly healthy–32 years old, very active, healthy lifestyle, non-smoker–when I was diagnosed four years ago,” Barlow said.
Keith Humphries of Stewartstown, Pa. is being treated for lung cancer now.
“I’m Stage 4 lung cancer,” Humphries said. “As Monica stated earlier, I have the same thing she has–ALK mutated cells.”
Barlow is director of public relations for the Orioles, who volunteered their field for the Lungevity Fundraising walk.
“And it’s very unique the fact we are on the warning track of the field so it’s not only getting people together for lung cancer [but] also the sports people that want to be on the field,” said event founder Cindy Malloy.
The event raises awareness, as well as funds, for early detection and more effective treatments of lung cancer.
“We’re so excited that Camden Yards is letting us use this venue. It’s a good way to bring people in and hopefully they’re already tied to the cause so they’re excited to be here to support Lungevity Foundation,” said Lauren Humphries, Breathe Deep Baltimore.
And with the continued cooperation of the O’s, this could be an annual event.
This is the second year for the event at the ballpark.