Free ME from Lung Cancer held its Fourth annual Save Your Breath 5K run/walk on Nov. 8 along the Kennebec Rail Trail from Augusta to Hallowell and back. This year’s event was timed by Back 50 Timing. Mayor Dave Rollins emceed the opening ceremony.

Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, and Dave Eid, a board member and sports director for WGME Channel 13, presented awards in the first-, second- and third-place men’s group and in the women’s group, according to a news release from the organization. Timing can be viewed at or

“A growing level of support for Free Me From Lung Cancer events is generating increased public awareness of the seriousness of lung cancer and helps the organization to support lung cancer research and aid lung cancer victims,” said Roger Pomerleau, director of marketing, in the release.

Deb Violette, president and CEO, stated that more than 160 participated in this year’s event which raised more than $33,000. Money raised will support Free ME from Lung Cancer’s mission: research and community support.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer and is woefully underfunded compared to other cancers. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

To learn how to help, contact Violette at 215-9035 or visit

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