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"We heart Nancy"- Stephanie Gatschet walking in honor of her Mom

On August 21, Stephanie Gatschet, the beautiful star who portrays Madison North on AMC, will be participating in San Diego's First Annual Free to Breath 5K in honor of her mother, Nancy. Nancy Gatschet recently fought a valiant battle against a life-threatening lung cancer, and she survived.

Gatschet is appealing to her fans to join her in the walk on August 21, or to donate to the Free to Breathe organization to help conquer cancer, which is the #1 killer in the United States. The Free to Breathe organization began with one walk in 2006, but has expanded now to 28 runs, walks, yogathons, and golf tournaments across the country.

If you live in the San Diego area, you can register today for the Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk, which is seeking to unite people who are passionate about raising public awareness and vital research funding to fight lung cancer. The San Diego Walk will begin at the NTC Promenade Cultural District at Liberty, 2640 Historic Dectur Road, San Diego, California. Online registration ($20) closes on August 18, mail in registration ($23) closes on August 16, or you can register on the day of the event for $25.

For more information to rgister, donate, sponsor, or volunteer, please visit www.FreeToBreathe.org. To read more about Nancy Gatschet's struggle, log onto www.nationallungcancerpartnership.org/story.

In a poignant statement to her friends and fans, Stephanie Gatschet stated, "As many of you know, my mother, Nancy, is a lung cancer survivor. She is very lucky to have beaten the disease, but lung cancer remains the #1 cancer killer in America. We are in desperate need of funding for research. I am participating in this Free to Breathe 5K in order to raise much-needed money and awareness. Your contribution, of ANY amount, will be greatly appreciated !!! And, if you can make it to San Diego on August 21st, I encourage you to join our team, 'We Heart Nancy.' Thanks for your support, and spread the word."

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