Dianne Caridi, a wife, mother, and nine-time collegiate All American swimmer Dianne Caridi died on Thursday suffering from the disease that she was trying to draw attention to – Lung Cancer. Ironically, she had never smoked a cigarette in her life.
Dianne was one of the three organizers of the third annual Run Amuck with a Duck Run/Walk event dedicated to raising money for lung cancer research and was scheduled for the end of next month.
Even while in the intensive-care unit at North Florida Regional Medical Center, Dianne Caridi was sending out messages about how you can succumb to the disease without even having to smoke a cigarette. Still bald from brain cancer treatment, Caridi continued to convince people about the killer lung cancer is and that need for more funding. Her essay on the event website details how she battled the killer disease until the end.
“As a non-smoker and former competitive swimmer, this was the shock of my life,” she writes. “The first question that almost everyone asked was did I smoke? I did not.
“The truth is that no one deserves this; not smokers, not anyone.”
Even though smoking is the prime cause of lung cancer, incidence of the disease among the nonsmokers is high especially in women than men even though there are no reasons. According to the National Cancer Institute, the rate in Florida among female nonsmokers aged 40 to 79 ranged from 14.4 to 20.8 per 100,000 women while the incidence among male nonsmokers in the same age group is 4.8 to 13.7 for every 100,000 men.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence rate in Florida is much higher. Lung cancer strikes 59.6 to 66.3 of every 100,000 people, according to the.
Caridi’s husband of 12 years, said the most effective chemotherapy drug used in her treatment was developed 40 years ago.
Almost all the resources go to smoking prevention,” said Joe Caridi, who works at Cox Communications.
Joe Caridi said he’ll be at the walk/run with his boys, Joey, 7, and Anthony, 4.
“We wouldn’t miss it.” he said.
About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
BJALCF is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, early detection, education, and treatment. The Foundation works with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change. BJALCF was established in 2006 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has raised over nine million dollars for Lung Cancer research. To learn more visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org.
Run Amuck with a Duck event
What: Run Amuck with a Duck Walk/Run to raise money for lung cancer research.
When: Beginning with runner registration at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until noon, March 31.
Where: North Florida Regional Medical Center, 6500 Newberry Road, Gainesville.
How: Participants can sign up to be part of a team, sponsor a runner/walker or simply make a tax-deductible donation to the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Individual runners/walkers can register for $25 before the event or $30 the day of the event. More details are available at gainesville2012.kintera.org or by calling 352-256-6263 or by stopping by the office of Dr. Richard Gorenberg, at Parkwood Plaza, 3601 SW 2nd Ave., Suite J, in Gainesville.
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