200 turn out for Lung Hill Run honoring SM East grad battling lung cancer

Annabelle Buckner Allen and husband Tom.

Nearly 200 runners came out to Liberty Memorial Sunday for the third annual Lung Hill Run, and event organized in honor of a non-smoking SM East graduate battling stage 4 lung cancer.

Annabelle Buckner Allen was diagnosed with the disease in 2009 at the age of 32 while she was training for her first triathlon. The diagnosis caught her and her family completely off guard, as Allen had never smoked and had made healthy lifestyle choices.

The run was organized by Allen’s friend Rebekah Tobin, who was a nurse at St. Luke’s hospital when Allen started coming in for treatment.

You can find out more about Annabelle on her Caring Bridge page, or watch a interview with her here: