On Sunday August 3rd, over 1400 community members turned out on an exhilarating afternoon to heighten the communityís awareness in the fight against lung cancer. ďKites for a Cure 2008Ē had a unique and simple concept- a fun, uplifting afternoon benefiting Elliotís Legacy- Uniting Against Lung Cancer.
Elliotís Legacy was founded in memory of Elliot Chalme, AĒH by his family and friends. Elliot passed away of lung cancer at the young age of 56. Elliotís warmhearted and congenial personality allowed him to cherish every moment of his life.
The mission statement for Elliotís Legacy aims to fight lung cancer and save lives by funding innovative research and increasing awareness of the worldís leading cancer killer. By awarding more than $3.6 million to top researchers around the country, Elliotís Legacy is now a leading resource in the search for new treatments and a cure for lung cancer.
This breathtaking afternoon provided many activities for all to enjoy. There were rides, lite food and a silent sports memorabilia auction, but by far the most fun was the kite flying. Hundreds of kites were colored and designed delivering messages to loved ones. This proved to be both pleasurable and therapeutic as the kites flew in the fresh air creating an exquisite site!
Elliotís son Raymond and his brother Mark spoke enforcing the need for more research of lung cancer, which has one of the lowest survival rates. They also reminded the community of how much this deadly disease affects our community. Most importantly, the successful turnout raised awareness and much needed funds for research.
Elliotís wife, Robin, and his sons Raymond, Hy, and Richie were grateful for the remarkable turnout for the day, and innovative ideas are in the works for next yearís event. For more information about Elliotís Legacy please visit www.elliotslegacy.org.