Tigard man honoring father in Free to Breathe 5K
Brian Holman running with Standard Insurance team on Aug. 21
When Tigard resident Brian Holman takes part in the Free to Breathe Run/Walk on Aug. 21 in Portland, hell be running for a very personal reason.
Holmans father wasnt a smoker, but he was still one of an estimated 162,460 Americans to die in 2006 from lung cancer.
We dont really know how he developed lung cancer, obviously, but he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer probably in 2004, I believe and had a very poor prognosis, Holman recalled. And just watching him go through an incredibly painful, gut-wrenching process of chemotherapy, radiation ... when I learned about this, it just made me feel like it was a way to honor him.
Holman said he used to be more active in running 5Ks, but doesnt do them much anymore. Free to Breathe is an exception. Last year, Holman was the team captain for his company, Standard Insurance, at the event. He said he heard about it from colleagues at work who participated.
As I learned more about it, the more interested I became in getting involved, he said.
Holman admitted he doesnt know of many other people from Tigard who participate in the annual 5K.
I definitely hope to increase that this year, he said. I think its mostly been Portland-based, but Im hoping to get some of my network and some of my friends and family to be more participative and increase that as the years go on.
Lung cancer causes more deaths than any other type of cancer in the United States. Holman pointed out that virtually everyone has been touched by the disease in some way. He sees running the 5K and raising money for Free to Breathe, a nonprofit group with a goal of decreasing lung cancers mortality rate, as a way to honor its victims.
This is a really easy way to participate, he said. Free to Breathe is a great organization that makes it easy to raise money and get together.
The Free to Breathe Run/Walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 21 at the Main Street Plaza along the Eastbank Esplanade, located at 5 S.E. Madison St. in Portland.
More information, including instructions on how to register or donate, is available at participate.freetobreathe.org/site/TR?fr_id=3293.