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Yogathon raises money for lung cancer research

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Hundreds gathered at Union South on the UW campus Saturday for the third annual Free to Breathe Yogathon.

The event is put on by the Madison branch of Free to Breathe, an organization that works to raise money for lung cancer research.

"Lung cancer is a very prevalent disease," says Regina Vidaver, Executive Director of Free to Breathe. "It affects one in fourteen in this country. It's something that affects quite a number of families."

Participants take part in a 108-minute, guided yoga session. No previous experience with yoga is necessary to participate.

Development Manager at Free to Breathe and lung cancer survivor Susan Smedley Gerber says the event is a wonderful way to show support for those battling the disease.

"For 108 minutes for a lot of people that don't traditionally practice yoga, they're stepping out of their comfort zone in order to honor the person that they're here for, and that's really powerful," says Smedley Gerber.

Free to Breathe has raised more than $4 million for cancer research since 2005. The money raised at Saturday's yogathon will go toward research aimed at finding better methods for early detection and treatment.
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