LizFest - Living For Liz, Lung Cancer Awareness & Research Fundraiser


Raising Money to Aid In The Awareness, try Prevention, healing Research & Treatment of Lung Cancer

In September of 2011, 25 year old Elizabeth Holman Melde was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.  She was a non-smoker and a newlywed.   Sadly, Elizabeth lost her battle with lung cancer in April of 2012.  The seven short months between Elizabeth’s diagnosis and her death were nothing short of inspiring.  Elizabeth fought each day with grace and humor.  And although Elizabeth did not win her fight, we did not lose her completely.  She is the driving force behind Living For Liz, and she will continue to live on through her friends and family, and through each and every victim of lung cancer that L4L saves.

As you probably already know, Living For Liz is a non-profit that aims to raise money in order to aid in the awareness, prevention, research and treatment of lung cancer.  We will host goofy and equally inspiring and challenging events to raise money and promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  But there is another part to L4L…. an equally great part.  LIZFEST.  The first ever LIZFEST was held on June 9, 2012, shortly after Elizabeth passed away.  It started as a fundraiser and quickly turned into a memorial and celebration of Elizabeth’s life.  Over 500 people gathered to sing, dance, face paint, play games, ride motorcycles, and more.  The money raised was used to start Living For Liz.

Living For Liz intends on making LIZFEST a yearly event; not solely to raise money to fight lung cancer but to honor Elizabeth’s life.  We will celebrate as if she were here herself, with pie, bratwurst and beer.  We will spend one day each year celebrating a life that was taken too quickly.  And if you are ever in the Minnesota area when this happens, please join us as you will surely feel the spirit of the incredible woman who started this all.  And, please, if you too have lost someone you love, create a FEST in their honor.


In loving memory of Elizabeth Holman Melde