As you probably know, this cause is very dear to me. Hearing those four words "You have lung cancer" at the age of 32, with a new baby at home, literally sent me into shock. All I could think about was that I didn't want to die and not see my daughter grow up.
Luckily, my cancer hadn't spread and could be treated successfully with surgery. Unfortunately, most people don't experience dramatic symptoms like I did until the disease has progressed and treatment becomes more difficult. Many doctors don't look beyond vague symptoms and consider lung cancer as a possibility in healthy people without a significant smoking history.
Lung cancer remains hidden in the body until many times it is too late. It remains hidden in our community due to the erroneous belief that it can be prevented if you just don't smoke, therefore lung cancer patients have brought it on themselves and don't deserve support.
The truth is anyone with lungs is at risk of developing lung cancer, regardless of smoking history. Lung cancer doesn't care if you are young or old, male or female, if you have children, a loving family or vibrant career. The toll lung cancer takes and the lack of support it receives is hideous and I need your support to change this!
Lung cancer claims the lives of more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined yet receives a small percentage of research funding.
Out of gratitude for being able to train for and run the Madison Berbee Derby Thanksgiving race (which I ran with my son!), I’m fundraising for the GO2 Foundation to fund critical research and provide extensive support services for patients and caregivers. All parents should be given the gift of time to raise their children, as I have received.
When I was diagnosed, the 5 year survival rate was only 15%. 22 years later, it is still only 19%. The good news is that the 4% increase has occurred in the past few years due to treatments developed through research.
Please help me keep these advances coming for others by donating today. Thank you!