Ready, Set, Go! ChristianaCare 5K Run/Walk for the Lung Raises Funds for Cancer Care

On Saturday April 30, more than 400 runners and walkers took to the pathways at ChristianaCare’s Newark campus for the inaugural Friends of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute 5K Run/Walk for the Lung. Runners and walkers — some wheeling scooters and strollers — hit the trail on a sunny spring day to raise funds for innovations in lung cancer care.

Funds will support the acquisition of a robotic bronchoscope. The first of its kind in Delaware, this new technology allows for more accurate and earlier detection of lung cancer. Lung cancer is responsible for one-third of all cancer deaths in Delaware.

“This groundbreaking, new tool will enable earlier and more accurate diagnosis of small and hard-to-reach nodules in the periphery of the lung,” Dr. Nevin said.

“By enabling earlier, more accurate diagnosis, this technology will improve our ability to fight lung cancer—and it will save lives.”

The Friends of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute cheered runners and walkers at the inaugural 5K Run/Walk for the Lung, with the Graham Cancer Center’s Dr. Nicholas Petrelli (fourth from left) and President and CEO Dr. Janice Nevin (third from right).

Dr. Nevin thanked community members Susan and Dan Katzin, who are generously matching up to $375,000 of this year’s fundraising effort, and event sponsors Young Conaway Stargatt and Taylor; Carroll M. Carpenter; Lammot Copeland; Bart and Eileen Dalton; and Nicholas and Cathy Petrelli. Dr. Petrelli, Bank of America Endowed medical director, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute.

“The Graham Cancer Center is dedicated to advancing lung cancer education, prevention, early detection and treatment efforts in Delaware and the surrounding community,” Dr. Nevin said.

“Thank you for joining us as one of our caregivers, a friend of ChristianaCare, or a person who fought alongside or lost a loved one to cancer. We are grateful to you.”

Congratulations to the winners and all participants!

(See all results and times here.)

Overall Male Winner

Christopher Mitchell

Overall Female Winner

Lydia Colasante

Male Masters

Frank Ursomarso Jr.

Female Masters

Dawn McCoy

Top Walkers Male 

Mark Williams

Scott Mash

Michael Hileman

Top Walkers Female

Linda Akell

Carol Mahoney

Michelle Mash

Male 13 and under

Rishi Sanjeev

Grady Hearn

Shane Kanto

Grant Livingston

Female 13 and under

Zaara Hisamuddin

Casey Kashishian

Grace Mahoney

Tess Dills

Male 14-18

Nathan Webber

AJ Lovasz

Aashish Prashanth

Anthony Szczerba

Female 14-18

Ainsley Robinson

Sydney Kanto

Male 19-29

Tyler Michalowski

Luis Manuel Melo

Rob Josefowski

Pat Baker

Female 19-29

Emily Monnoleto

Olivia Bernath

Megan Lee

Stephanie Piser

Male 30-39

George Rockett

Edwin Leon

John Raymond II

Kyle MacWade

Female 30-39

Shannon Virtue

Phoebe Holmes

Amy Brett

Nicole Haas

Male 40-49

Otto Biehn

Eric Cooley

Scott Barnett

Dan Roberts

Female 40-49

Nicole Duffy

Meredith Giacco

Terry Vincenzo

Bevin Hileman

Male 50-59

Francois Ballou

Benjamin Bernath

Carl Robinson

John Chaffin

Female 50-59

Rebecca Barnett

Danita Gibson

Andrea Passarella

Tracy Crowley

Male 60-69

Comrie Flinn

Pat Procaccini

Michael Lankiewicz

David Crowley

Female 60-69

Kathryn McCord

Kathryn Herel

Noelle Livingston

Eileen Sklodowski

Male 70 and over

Terry Derk

Daniel Kiser

Bruce Bowman

Female 70 and over

Regina Chaffin

Arlene Wilson

Elizabeth Haas