Who We Are
Miles for Marc is a dedicated group of lung cancer advocates comprised of family and friends of Marc Kuchler, who at 28-years-old was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Miles for Marc originally started out as a team of friends, family, and coworkers who would participate in the Free to Breathe Run in Philadelphia; annually during lung cancer awareness month – November. From 2012 to 2014, Miles for Marc raised over $100,000 for lung cancer research and awareness in support of Free to Breathe. Due to high demand from friends, colleagues, and even strangers, Marc and his wife Rachael, sought out to create a non-profit of their own. Miles for Marc was inspired by Marc’s battle with lung cancer and a desire for his legacy to live on forever.
Miles for Marc was established to increase awareness and funding for genetic research in order to identify targeted drug therapies and ensure molecular testing for all lung cancer patients. The Corporation strives to ensure that all patients are fully informed of their treatment options and aware of clinical trials in order to maintain the greatest quality of life possible given their diagnosis. Funds raised by Miles for Marc will go to support research for targeted drug therapies; in particular therapies which would treat EGFR Exon 20 – the mutation Marc Kuchler possessed for which there is currently no cure. In addition to this mission, we aim to support qualifying charitable organizations in their quest to double lung cancer survival by 2022. And in time, we aim to provide much needed financial assistance to qualifying individuals in the lung cancer community.
About Marc Kuchler
Marc was born and raised in Drexel Hill, PA. He graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in 2001 where he played baseball and ice hockey. Marc attended Drexel University, where he also played ice hockey, and earned a degree in Architectural Engineering. At 28-years-old Marc would be diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer and begin the fight of his life. With the main tumor in his left lung he also had metastasis in the L5 spine, right shoulder, and multiple lymph nodes; Marc’s battle would not be easy. Radiation to his L5 vertebrae and his right rib, 3 separate bouts with chemotherapy, maintenance drugs, two different clinical trials, an upper left-lobectomy, immunotherapy, and gamma-knife radiation to metastasis in his brain occupied Marc’s life from October 2011 through February 2015. Marc’s 40-month battle against this disease would sadly end at the young age of 31. His strength, perseverance, and love of life, though, would inspire thousands of people to carry out his legacy through Miles for Marc.