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Community busts a lung for cancer research


Last updated 10/6/2021 at 3:20pm

David Pan

Racers head out on the 5K course during the fourth annual Lungbuster race.

The return of the Lungbuster 5K race drew a large and enthusiastic field of runners and walkers Sunday, Oct. 3, at Columbia Elementary School.

The fourth annual race is held in honor of Mukilteo School District teacher Amie Parker, who was diagnosed with lung cancer more than four years ago. Parker, a nonsmoker, is part of one of the fastest segments of people with cancer – young women without a history of smoking. Parker was a healthy 44-year-old, who wasn't around second-hand smoke.

The funds raised from the Lungbuster 5K run go directly to lung cancer research. More info: see

Top finishers were:

Overall: Cole Henriksen

Female: Ella Henriksen

Female 20-29: Serena Wo

Female 30-39: Maggie Dunn

Female 40-49: Trina Whitaker

Female 50-59: Michelle Gill

Female 60+: Patricia Marsters

Male 20-29: Niels Clark

Male 30-39: Shaun Haby

Male 40-49: Eric Smith

David Pan

Amie Parker addresses the crowd before the start of the fourth annual Lungbuster 5K race Sunday, Oct. 3, at Columbia Elementary School. Parker was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer four years ago. The funds raised from the Lungbuster 5K run go directly to lung cancer research. Amie's husband Tony dressed up as the Lungman.

Male 50-59: Tom Jordal

Male 60+: Ralph Haller

Youth overall: Cole Henriksen

Youth female: Ella Henriksen

Girls 10 and under: Grace Gilson

Girls 11-14: Ella Henriksen

Girls 15-17: Sydney Greaves

Boys 10 and under: Benjamin Mitchell

Boys 11-14: Cole Henriksen

Boys 15-17: Drew Stein


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