Last weekend over 50 of Emily’s most dedicated and spirited supporters descended on San Francisco for Team EmBen’s second annual appearance at the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (BJALCF) “Your Next Step is the Cure” 5K event. It was beautiful and sunny out – simply a perfect day for thousands of folks to rally together in the fight against lung cancer. Team EmBen raised almost $10K for the cause, and overall the event raised $320K. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! Here are a few photos highlighting the incredible day…
Team EmBen, fifty people strong, looking spry and spirited, as usual.
Emily’s cousin Amy (left) coordinated a top secret operation that brought Emily’s brother, Chris, and other cousin Lindsay (right) in to San Francisco for the race from out of state. Emily was completely surprised and having her family take part in all of the festivities made the day even more memorable.
This is Nate, he is one of Emily’s biggest supporters and, for the second year in a row, he ran the ENTIRE race carrying the Team EmBen sign high overhead. Nate and his wife Melanie have a 3 month old baby, Parker, who happens to be Emily’s littlest BIG supporter. He also completed the 5K in an “I Heart EmBen” onsie with a sign on his stroller. Like father, like son..
Emily with fellow lung cancer survivors and champions of the cause – Bonnie (middle) and Natalie (right)
The Taylor family used their lungs to dominate the running portion of the event for the second year in a row. EmTay won the women’s 39 and under division while Rich won the Grand Masters category. Meanwhile, Miles took home the award for most wrist/arm flare.
If you did not get to take part in the 5K in San Francisco you can still support this great event. Click here to make a donation and join the rest of Team EmBen in the fight against lung cancer.
Finally, a great big thank you to James Hall, who captured many of these wonderful images from the day. If you would like to see more photos, please visit his website here.