CALDWELL, NJ — Prelude to a Cure, the area’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the support of lung cancer research and awareness, is currently collecting gently worn, used and new shoes as well as proceeds to be donated to Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s lung cancer research program.

Contributors can drop items at 140 Central Avenue in Caldwell or contact preludetoacure@gmail.com to have volunteers pick up the donations. Any shoes that are collected will be sold to micro-enterprises vendors in developing nations, many of which are operated by one person or a single family.

“While there have been many encouraging developments in lung cancer research in recent years, the disease remains terribly underfunded,” said Prelude to a Cure founder Claire Mattern. “Per death, lung cancer receives a small fraction of the research dollars devoted to breast, prostate or colon cancer.

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“Prelude To a Cure was founded to address the tremendous shortfall in research funding and to support the search for promising new treatments. Our goal is to give lung cancer patients and their families new hope and, ultimately, more time together.”

According to statistics from the National Cancer Institute, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer by far—killing more than 160,000 people each year, or three times more than any other cancer. As of this year, less than one in five of those diagnosed survived even five years.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women; about 1 out of 4 cancer deaths are from lung cancer. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined, according to the statistics.

“Memorial Sloan Kettering is at the vanguard of research into this dreadful disease and many promising therapeutic approaches to lung cancer have emerged from their laboratories,” said Mattern. “Prelude to a Cure is proud to support their work.”

For more information about Prelude To a Cure or its annual 5K Trail Run/Walk for Gramgee, Rock Out Lung Cancer and Woman-to-Woman events, visit the Prelude website HERE.