Over the past few years, Michael McKay has gotten involved with the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina with hopes to draw more attention and funding to lung cancer. From securing sponsorships for the 5K events across the state, to asking for silent auction items for the Evening of Hope Gala, Mike has worked nonstop to bring awareness and funding to Lung Cancer.
For Mike, the reason to get involved is personal. In July of 2008, Mike lost the love of his life, Jill, to lung cancer at the age of 46.
Slim and in terrific shape, Jill McKay thought it was a pulled muscle. Turns out, it was the first sign of blood clots in her legs and lungs -- the first symptom of the lung cancer that Jill would succumb to by the end of July. "It all happened so fast," said, Mike, her sweetheart since the sixth grade. "She didn't even have the chance to respond to treatment."