I was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer on 5/19/2017 - completely unexpected as I have been a non-smoker my entire life. I have been through radiation to my hip and lung, 1 year of targeted therapy, and currently have chemo regularly along with an immunotherapy drug. I did not realize I would still be going through this rollercoaster ride 1 1/2 years later, but Matt and I have accepted that this is our new
normal. We have adapted well thanks to all of the support from wonderful family, friends, and colleagues.
As a non-smoker, lung cancer patient, it was shocking to learn that lung cancer can affect anyone at any time. Approximately 18% of all lung cancer patients are non-smokers. Sadly, lung cancer is the number one killer of cancers and is responsible for more deaths each year than breast, prostate and colon cancer COMBINED. With all of this, sadly, it is also the least funded due to common public perception that it’s self-induced and thus preventable. I am but one voice and am making it my mission to raise awareness. Ultimately, funding for R&D is the primary driver to save lives. I would consider it an honor if you would consider joining my Charlotte LUNGe Forward 5K team and also donating to this worthy cause. Whatever you can contribute will help, it all adds up! I greatly appreciate your support.