Each year approximately 225,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer. Each year approximately 50,000 of all new cases will be adults under the age of 40. The 5-year survival rate is around 17%. More than half of patients with lung cancer will die within a year of diagnosis.

In Tampa, rappel down a building to combat lung cancer

By Robbyn Mitchell – Times Staff Writer

“It was such a shock,” laughed the 59-year-old mother of three from Tampa. “She told me to let go of one hand and then the other. I was just hanging there by my harness.”

She was almost halfway down before the beauty and gravity of what she was doing dawned on her.

“On one side, I could see the ocean at Fort Lauderdale Beach; on the other side I could see the city. It was gorgeous,” Miller said.

Ninety people may have that same experience on Dec. 13, when Miller’s organization, Jillian’s Dream, hosts a rappel down the Island Center at Tampa’s Rocky Point to raise money for lung cancer research in honor of Miller’s daughter, Jillian, a registered nurse who succumbed to the disease in May 2013. Rappelers need to raise or donate $1,500 to go to Uniting Against Lung Cancer in order to qualify.

“We did the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. I walked and she was on medical staff,” Miller said. “She told me she didn’t want a walk. She wanted something creative. She said, ‘Go big or go home.’ ”

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