On September 4, 2019 I was diagnosed with lung cancer that has metastasized to my brain and bones. 20 years ago someone with my diagnosis could expect 3-6 months to live. Thanks to research, many cancer patients who have gone before me, and excellent healthcare, I hope to have many years of living ahead!!
Researchers found that my kind of lung cancer is from a genetic mutation called ALK+ and created a targeted therapy drug that not only stops the cancer cells from growing but also obliterates them entirely. Within 8 weeks of this treatment my cancer has already started to shrink dramatically!!!
228,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year - one in sixteen people within their lifetime! Can you believe that although lung cancer takes more lives annually than the next three cancers combined (breast, colon and pancreas), it has the LEAST amount of federal research funding? Research saves lives - including mine and maybe even yours or the life of someone you love!
Thank you for your interest in supporting ALK Positive and GO2 lung cancer research!