Registration for LUNGevity’s 2018 Breathe Deep DC 5K Walk is Now Open

Posted on August 06, 2018 in Community Outreach

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We are excited to announce that registration for LUNGevity’s fourth annual Breathe Deep DC 5k Walk is officially open! Click on the LUNGevity logo to the right or on the upper right corner of our website for more information on how to donate and register.

Debby Burns is our Team Captain, and our team name is Open Technology Group: United for a Cure. Please select this team name when you register.

All registration fees and donations will go toward helping OTG meet its goal of raising $20,000 for life saving lung cancer research. We have kicked off the drive with a $5,000 donation, and we aim to surpass last year’s effort when we more than doubled our target. At OTG we are known for exceeding expectations, so let’s come together again to make a positive impact in the fight against lung cancer.

Please invite friends, family, and coworkers to participate in this fun and meaningful walk around the National Mall. You can run, walk, bike, rollerblade — and even pets are invited! The course is both wheelchair and stroller accessible, so all can join in and share a memorable time.

To receive event updates, cancer research news, and to follow Debby’s journey as she prepares to lead the OTG team in the walk, be sure to ‘like’ Debby’s Facebook page.

We very much look forward to walking with you on Sunday, November 4th, where we will honor OTG founder Leon Maxwell Burns Jr.’s life and vision, as well as the countless other individuals whose lives have been touched by lung cancer.

Registration for LUNGevity’s 2017 Breathe Deep DC 5K Walk is Now Open

Posted on August 08, 2017 in Community Outreach

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We are excited to announce that registration for LUNGevity’s third annual Breathe Deep DC 5k Walk is officially open! Click on the LUNGevity logo to the right or on the upper right corner of our website for more information on how to donate and register.

Debby Burns is our Team Captain, and our team name is Open Technology Group: United for a Cure. Please select this team name when you register.

All registration fees and donations will go toward helping OTG meet its goal of raising $10,000 for life saving lung cancer research. We have kicked off the drive with a $5,000 donation, and we aim to surpass last year’s effort when we more than doubled our target. At OTG we are known for exceeding expectations, so let’s come together again to do just that and make a positive impact in the fight against lung cancer.

Please invite friends, family, and coworkers to participate in this fun and meaningful walk around the National Mall. You can run, walk, bike, rollerblade — and even pets are invited! The course is both wheelchair and stroller accessible, so all can join in and share a memorable time.

To receive event updates, cancer research news, and to follow Debby’s journey as she prepares to lead the OTG team in the walk, be sure to ‘like’ Debby’s Facebook page.

We very much look forward to walking with you on Sunday, November 5th, where we will honor OTG founder Leon Maxwell Burns Jr.’s life and vision, as well as the countless other individuals whose lives have been touched by lung cancer.

Open Technology Group Joins LUNGevity’s 2016 Breathe Deep DC 5K Walk to End Lung Cancer

Posted on August 08, 2016 in Community Outreach

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Leon Maxwell Burns, Jr. founded Open Technology Group in 1991, serving as the President and CEO until he lost his battle to lung cancer in 2011. He was an avid supporter of lung cancer research and spent the years following his diagnosis serving as spokesperson for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. There, he educated groups and individuals about this terrible disease that affects people of every race, gender, and age.

OTG is proud to continue supporting lung cancer research by partnering with LUNGevity, the nation’s largest lung cancer organization. OTG will sponsor and take part in LUNGevity’s Breathe Deep DC 5K Walk to End Lung Cancer on Sunday, November 6, 2016. LUNGevity is firmly committed to making an immediate impact on increasing the quality-of-life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments. LUNGevity also provides community, support, and education for all those affected by the disease.

Leon’s wife, Debby Burns, is continuing Leon’s legacy of lung cancer advocacy as OTG’s Breathe Deep DC Team Leader. Open Technology Group has already donated $5,000, and all registration fees and donations will help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 for life saving lung cancer research. Together, we can carry on this charge in Leon’s honor, as well as support others who have been touched by this terrible disease.

Open Technology Group Doubles Fundraising Goal for Lung Cancer Research

Posted on November 18, 2015 in Community Outreach

Team OTG: United for a Cure

This year, Open Technology Group officially sponsored LUNGevity’s annual Breathe Deep DC 5K Walk for the first time on Sunday, November 1st. We had a great time together on the National Mall, and enjoyed some spots of sunshine throughout the morning.

One of our organization’s core values is to surpass expectations, and Team Open Technology Group: United for a Cure clearly demonstrated this value on Sunday. Our initial goal was to raise $10,000 in registration fees and donations. Our team quickly exceeded that goal, and we pushed our benchmark to new heights several times in order to meet the generosity of our friends, family members, and coworkers.

In the end, our team raised an astounding $20,000! 100% of these funds will be invested in cutting edge lung cancer research, bringing us closer to curing America’s leading cause of cancer death. We at OTG have proven that we can work together to make a difference, and this Sunday was our first of many wonderful Breathe Deep DC events.

Thank you to everyone who spread the word, donated, and participated. We look forward to uniting for a cure again next year!

Registration for LUNGevity’s Breathe Deep DC 5K Walk is Now Open

Posted on August 05, 2015 in Community Outreach

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We are excited to announce that registration for LUNGevity’s Breathe Deep DC 5k Walk is officially open! Find the LUNGevity logo on the upper-right hand corner of the OTG website for more information on how to donate and register.

Debby Burns is our Team Captain, and our team name is Open Technology Group: (United for a Cure). Please select this team name when you register.

Both registration fees and donations will go toward helping OTG meet its goal of raising $10,000 for life saving lung cancer research. We have already donated $5,000, which is already 19% of the event’s total funds to date. At OTG we are known for exceeding expectations, so let’s come together and make an impact.

Invite your friends, family, and coworkers to participate in this fun and meaningful walk around the National Mall. You can run, walk, bike, or rollerblade — and even pets are invited! The course is both wheelchair and stroller accessible, so all will have a good time.

Be sure and ‘like’ Debby’s Facebook page in order to receive updates, news, and to follow Debby’s journey as she prepares to lead the walk.

We look forward to walking with you on Sunday, November 1st, where we will honor OTG founder Leon Maxwell Burns Jr.’s life and vision, as well as the countless others whose lives are touched by lung cancer.

Open Technology Group Donates Tablets
to Fisher House

Posted on December 11, 2012 in Community Outreach

Brian Hawkins, Director of the DC VA Medical Center, accepts tablet donation
from the Open Technology Group headquarters team

 
Today, Open Technology Group donated Nexus 7 tablets to the Fisher House at the DC VA Medical Center. Open Technology Group partnered with the National Association of American Veterans (NAAV) to help identify the best way to provide technological assistance to veterans in the DC area. NAAV connected the small business with the Fisher House, who supports America’s military by offering free comfort homes to family members during a veteran’s hospitalization.

“Open Technology Group is committed to supporting our nation’s veterans and their caregivers. Many families must fly a long way from home and its conveniences to get excellent medical treatment. We hope these tablets will provide some comfort to the displaced families that stay in the Fisher House. From playing games to watching movies and listening to music, technology can serve as a relaxing distraction,” said Jose Carlos Linares, President and CEO of Open Technology Group. “The tablets are also a great tool for keeping distant family members up to date on treatments and progress via email and even video chat.”

Open Technology Group donated 20 tablets, one to stock each of the 20 rooms at the DC VA Medical Center Fisher House. Over the course of a year, the hundreds of family members that rotate through the Fisher House will be able to take advantage of the benefits of modern technology.

“When people come to the Fisher House, it is not because they want to. It is because a family member is gravely ill. Anything we can do to make their stay more comfortable is truly a blessing. This tablet donation will do more for the families than you will ever know,” said Brian Hawkins, Director of the DC VA Medical Center.

Families can use the tablets to take notes on medical information with writing and notepad apps and later access the Internet to research medical conditions and learn more about treatment options. They can also use the tablets to keep in contact with distant family and friends. The entertainment factor will help to relieve some stress for families during a very difficult time in their lives. Each tablet comes equipped with wireless connectivity, a front-facing camera, and a 7-inch display. In addition, the tablets have access to Google Play, which offers over 700,000 apps and games, millions of books and songs, and thousands of movies.

Members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care. Pauline Trost, wife of Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Carlisle Trost, dreamed of providing affordable temporary housing for families of those facing a medical crisis. In 1990, Trost shared this dream with Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, who were immediately taken by the concept. In 1991, the first Fisher House opened in Bethesda, Maryland. Today, there is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center across the United States. Several Fisher Houses have even been established abroad.