The 8th Annual Northern NJ Free to Breathe Lung Cancer Walk on Oct. 1, held at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna, this year raised well over $50,000 as hundreds of walkers, including survivors, family and friends, and others from throughout Morris, Warren, and Sussex Counties, participated. Since its inception, the Walk has raised nearly $250,000. The current survival rate for lung cancer is 17 percent, compared to 89 percent for breast cancer and 99 percent for prostate cancer, yet it is among the least funded cancers. Although it claims more lives each year than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined, those three cancers receive an average of 5.8 times more research funding per life than lung cancer. In fact, the lung cancer mortality rate is almost as high as the survival rate for breast cancer. Greater awareness of lung cancer means better treatment options and increased survival rates. Free to Breathe, a national nonprofit lung cancer research and advocacy organization, hopes to double the lung cancer survival rate by 2022. Online donations are still being accepted through October. Visit www.freetobreathe.org/get–involved/northernnj for more information.