Wo­man’s Run Against Lung Can­cer to raise funds and aware­ness

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Peg DeGrassa pde­grassa@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Peg­gyDe5 on Twit­ter

UP­PER DARBY » Few peo­ple can ac­tu­ally say they are grate­ful for get­ting in­jured in a car ac­ci­dent. Bar­bara Tul­lio of Drexel Hill is one of those few. In the fall of 2012, Tul­lio was driv­ing on State Road in Up­per Darby when a driver ran a stop sign and rammed her car. While get­ting her in­juries checked out at a nearby hos­pi­tal, doc­tors found a mass on her lung which, shortly there­after, turned into an un­ex­pected and shocking lung can­cer di­ag­no­sis.

Not long af­ter­ward, Tul­lio con­tacted the driver of the ve­hi­cle that hit her and in­vited her to lunch.

“I wanted to gen­uinely thank her,” Tul­lio ex­plained. “I didn’t have a sin­gle symp­tom. Lung can­cer is a silent killer, that will of­ten spread in a per­son with­out ex­hibit­ing any ob­vi­ous symp­toms un­til the can­cer is too ad­vanced for treat­ment. I told her that she saved my life by hit­ting my car that day.”

It would prob­a­bly come as no sur­prise to Tul­lio’s friends and fam­ily that she put a pos­i­tive spin on an un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion. In the past five years since her di­ag­no­sis, Tul­lio has han­dled her con­di­tion and en­su­ing treat­ments with the same pos­i­tive out­look, even find­ing the time and stamina to ini­ti­ate a Mo­tor­cy­cle Run to raise aware­ness of Lung Can­cer and funds for re­search.

The se­cond an­nual “Barb Tul­lio’s Run Against Lung Can­cer” will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Satur­day, Sept. 23, be­gin­ning at Corner­stone Chris­tian Church, 2275 West Ch­ester Pike, Broomall. Last year, Tul­lio and her hus­band An­thony or­ga­nized the mo­tor­cy­cle run that drew well over 100 peo­ple. The bik­ers raised enough to give $1800 each to the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion and the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Can­cer Re­search. The same three or­ga­ni­za­tions will be the re­cip­i­ents of this year’s pro­ceeds.

Bik­ers and non-bik­ers are in­vited to show up at Corner­stone Chris­tian Church, be­tween 9-11 a.m., with no need to sign up in ad­vance. There is no pre-regis­tra­tion re­quired. Kick­stands go up to hit the road at 11 a.m. Cost of the ride is $25 and $10 ex­tra if there is a pas­sen­ger on the bike. The price will cover a con­ti­nen­tal break­fast, a T-shirt, and food, live mu­sic and entertainment at the end desti­na­tion. The es­corted ride will wind through scenic back roads, end­ing up at Han­num’s Har­ley-David­son, 1241 Bal­ti­more Pike, Chadds Ford where the party will take place. A Chi­nese raf­fle will be avail­able, with a wide as­sort­ment of gifts and gift cer­tifi­cates. Patches will be avail­able to pur­chase for $10. Peo­ple who want more in­for­ma­tion, can call 610203-6374.

Spon­sors for the up­com­ing Mo­tor­cy­cle Run Against Lung Can­cer in­clude the Penn­syl­va­nia Coali­tion of Mo­tor­cy­clists, Mes­sen­ger’s Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, Stingers Restau­rant, John Hauser’s Drexel Au­to­mo­tive, Joe Lar­son Con­trac­tors, Corner­stone Chris­tian Church, Pret­zel Boys, Gi­ant, Acme, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Up­per Darby Ink Well, Han­num’s Har­ley David­son and oth­ers.

An­thony and Bar­bara will ride, along with a group of friends whom go by the name, “Bik­ers For Christ.” Bar­bara rides a Har­leyDavid­son Trike Tri Glide. Along for the ride on Barb’s bike will be her long­time pal Janire Ro­driguez, who will drive up from Or­lando, Fla., to be be­side her friend for the spe­cial day.

“Janire never rode a bike be­fore last year. She found out about the run and drove all the way up here to sup­port me and got on a bike just for the event. Now, that’s a good friend,” Tul­lio smiled.

A life­long Delaware County res­i­dent, Tul­lio said that she can at­tribute her mirac­u­lous sur­vivor story “only to God who has been with me the whole way.” After ten rounds of chemo­ther­apy and 33 rounds of ra­di­a­tion in 2012-13, Tul­lio de­vel­oped COPD, headaches, swollen limbs, esophagi­tis and a host of sev­eral other side ef­fects. In the years that fol­lowed, she’s had more chemo­ther­apy and more ra­di­a­tion. Tests showed that she also de­vel­oped brain can­cer, which led to more ra­di­a­tion, loss of hair and many side ef­fects. In Au­gust she had Cy­berknife brain surgery and is cur­rently on the im­munother­apy drug Op­divo.

“I’ve been through a lot,” Tul­lio ad­mits, shak­ing her head think­ing about it all. “That’s not even the half of it, and be­lieve it or not, I was a health nut be­fore this all

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“This is go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic event, big­ger and bet­ter than last year. We ex­pect up­wards of 150 bik­ers. I hope non-bik­ers come too. They are wel­come to ride along or meet us at the after-party in Chadds Ford. If we raised al­most $6,000 last year, I know we can top that num­ber this year. To­gether, we can make a dif­fer­ence.”

— Bar­bara Tul­lio of Drexel Hill

SUBMITTED PHOTO

Some par­tic­i­pants are pic­tured with Barb and Tony Tul­lio at last year’s Run Against Lung Can­cer. The in­au­gu­ral Run raised $1,800. This year’s Run is ex­pected to be much big­ger and raise even more money. To par­tic­i­pate, come to Corner­stone Chris­tian Church in Broomall be­tween 9-11 on Sept. 23. No pre-regis­tra­tion is re­quired.

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Bar­bara Tul­lio of Drexel Hill is spear­head­ing the Se­cond An­nual Barb Tul­lio’s Run Against Lung Can­cer Satur­day, Sept. 23, to bring aware­ness and to raise money for the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion, the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety and the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Can­cer Re­search. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 610-2036374.

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