Courtesy photo/Dan Busler PhotographyRick Brophey and his daughter, Victoria, of Pepperell.
Courtesy photo/Dan Busler Photography Rick Brophey and his daughter, Victoria, of Pepperell.

PEPPERELL -- On Saturday, Nov. 2, 1,558 people participated in LUNGevity Foundation's eighth annual Breathe Deep Boston 5K Walk with the goal of raising $250,000 to support critical lung cancer research, including local research projects at Boston universities and hospitals, advocacy and support across the country.

Victoria Brophey, of Pepperell, led Rick's Lung Rangers, the largest walk team of the one-day fundraising event with 81 members. Friends, family and Rick's oncologist, Dr. Lecia Sequist, who is also a member of LUNGevity's Scientific Advisory Board, came together for the first time this year to surprise Brophey's father, Rick, who is battling advanced inoperable lung cancer.

During the event, Brophey was honored as the Gold Level Team Captain after raising nearly $3,000 for the cause. To date, Rick's Lung Rangers has raised nearly $10,000 in honor of Brophey's father.

LUNGevity Foundation is the nation's largest private organization dedicated to research for the early detection and treatment of lung cancer. Contributions for the 2013 Breathe Deep Boston 5K Walk will be accepted through Dec. 31.

To support Victoria Brophey, or another walker or team, visit lungevity.org/boston or call 312-407-6100.