RI woman helping fight lung cancer in mother’s memory

By News Staff


A Rhode Island woman is helping to fight lung cancer in memory of her mother.

Kristen Connolly, of Warwick, is still coping with the death of her mother, Barbara. The once healthy and active woman suddenly became ill and was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2013. Barbara never smoked and died just six months after her diagnosis.

In October, Kristen will lead the was in the 8th annual Rhode Island "Free to Breathe" 5K run-walk in hopes of raising money to help find a cure.

"Unfortunately there are other causes of lung cancer. Smoking is the most common, but we do know that radon does cause cancer, and we are trying to figure out the other causes," says Kristen.

"Air pollution–they are thinking as well. The great thing about "Free to Breathe" is we are trying to fund that research to understand why lung cancer happens. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unknowns and not enough research into it," she continues.

The 5K is Saturday, October 3rd at Slater Park in Pawtucket. For more information, visit their website, here.

© WLNE-TV 2015