Running for a good cause

Oct 10, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Amie Parker (1) a longtime Mukilteo School District employee, finishes the Lungbuster 5k race. Parker was joined by friend Kati Otto and husband Tony, a/k/a the Lungman. Parker, who was diagnosed with lung cancer, and her friends organized the race, which started and finished at Kamiak High School.

The inaugural Lungbuster 5k/10k run drew a large and enthusiastic crowd of runners, walkers, volunteers and supporters Sunday, Oct. 7, to Kamiak High School and the streets of Mukilteo.

The run was organized by Amie Parker, a longtime Mukilteo School District employee and her friends. Parker, a nonsmoker, was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer last year.

Recent studies have indicated that non-smokers are accounting for a larger percentage of lung cancer cases and that many of these non-smokers were more likely to be female.

Following the shock of the diagnosis and the start of treatment, Parker said that her friends weren’t quite sure how to support her. Eventually, they decided to form a nonprofit organization, Lungbuster, and to organize a race to raise funds for research. Parker said she is hoping the final numbers will be in the $20,000 range.

Parker’s health is stable now. She’s back to work as an instructional technology specialist in the Mukilteo School District. Previously, she was an elementary school teacher in the district.

After blowing the horn to start the 10k and 5k races, Parker completed the 5k race that included a includes a hill that was a “Lungbuster.”

Kamiak High School’s Carp Mukai took first place in the 5k race and the top female finisher was Cameron Bourne. The 10K winner was Quin Johns and the top female runner was Leondra Weiss.

For more information or to make a donation see: https://www.lungbuster.org.

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