After Amber Spanton lost her dad to Lung Cancer, she hosted a 5K Walk/Run in his memory. On Oct. 21, 2012, in Asheville, North Carolina, she was joined by friends, family, the WCU Cheer Squad, Olympiad Manteo Mitchell, and 200 participants for this event that turned out to be a huge success. “I am passionate about the LCF because my Daddy, Fred Spanton, was a Lung Cancer patient,” said Amber. He was a wonderful husband, devoted father, avid golfer and a full-time employer whose entire world changed after his diagnosis of Stage IV NSCLC in 2011. Within months he was unable to golf, work or even drive.

“On May 16, 2012, my Daddy entered into rest with the Lord. He remained positive, with a smile on his face, through the many difficulties. He is the most amazing person I’ve ever known and I hope to be half the person he was throughout his life. He is my inspiration.” — Amber Spanton