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Lung Cancer Facts

What is the Biggest Cancer Killer

Produced in partnership with Catch It In Time (, this video highlights the lack of awareness about lung cancer. It features Draft asking people on the street which cancer is the biggest killer of women, men and overall. While most people said that breast cancer kills more women, that prostate cancer more men, and that skin cancer kills more people overall than any other cancers, the fact is lung cancer takes more lives than breast, cervical and prostate cancer combined and kills more people than any other cancer. This video is designed to raise public awareness by shining a light on the true facts about this deadly disease and inviting people to share those facts.

The Facts

  1. Anyone can get lung cancer.
  2. Lung cancer kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, and melanoma cancer combined.
  3. The 5 year survival rate for lung cancer is just 16% - a rate that has changed very little since the 1970's.
  4. Nearly 60% of those diagnosed with lung cancer are people who have never smoked or are former smokers.
  5. Lung cancer surpassed breast cancer as the number #1 cancer killer for women in 1987.

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The State of Lung Cancer

We have visited over 100 cancer centers and hospitals across North America and we will visit more! Together WE ARE Changing the Face of Lung Cancer!

Ann Phillips is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

In May of 2015, I had a seizure and collapsed one morning before taking my young children to school. Within 24 hours, the doctors suspected I had lung cancer. ... read more →

Matt Arensdorf is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Life couldn’t have been any better in early 2016. My wife, Jen, and I had just celebrated the birth of our daughter, Grace. I had an amazing wife and a perfect little girl.... read more →

Linda Wortman is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

My name is Linda Wortman and I’m a nonsmoker. I flew for Northwest Airlines for 35 years. I began my career in 1973. January 11, 2008, I was diagnosed with non small cell Lung Cancer. ... read more →

Jill Feldman is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

When I was 13, two of my grandparents died from lung cancer within weeks of diagnosis and within weeks of each other.... read more →

Kim Ringen is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Since my last post not much has changed on the diagnostic front. The large wedge resection did reveal enough testable cancer tissue, however no new known molecular drivers for the cancer were identified.... read more →

Elizabeth Dessureault Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

I was diagnosed on April 21st, 2015 with non-small cell lung cancer. As a healthy, 26 year old non-smoker, this news came as a complete shock.... read more →

Kathy Weber is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer survivor Kathy Weber is taking part in Team Draft’s 2016 Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge, raising money on behalf of the IASLC Foundation ... read more →

Jackie Archer is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Tuesday, August 2, 2005, at the age of 40 years and in seemingly excellent health, an evening commuter came crashing into my SUV. I quickly phoned 911. Within moments there were lights and sirens coming from every direction... read more →

Don Stranathan is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

The bad news is that I have cancer. The good news is that cancer has taught me to live life to the fullest. I never allow cancer to define me.... read more →

Keeping my Faith – Living with Stage IV Lung Cancer

After being diagnosed with Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer over Thanksgiving 2012, I've decided to document my journey for my friends, family, and most of all, my sweet angel Karley.... read more →

Lisa Goldman is Changing the Face of Lung Cancr

I’m a 41 year old mother and wife. I have advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), Adenocarcinoma. My kids are 8 and 11.... read more →

Tomma Hargraves is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

In October of 2006, Tomma Hargraves found a small lump in her neck. Although she felt very healthy, she went to her doctor to have the lump checked out.... read more →

Now You Know! Take Action

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Rochester, MN. The Mayo Clinic Thoracic Team hosted a reception for lung cancer survivor Linda Wortman to celebrate her trip to Super Bowl 52 - Read More

Denver, CO. CBS Denver reporter Kathy Walsh interviewed Matt and Jen Arensdorf about earning a trip to Super Bowl 52. - Read More

Atlanta, GA. Anne Phillips represented Team Draft in the ATL during College Football's National Championship weekend. - Read More

Prior to Super Bowl 46, ESPN highlighted the life of Keasha Rutledge Draft and the founding of Team Draft.

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Team Draft Raises Lung Cancer Funds for Awareness

Linda Wortman, a former Mayo Clinic patient, is using the NFL to raise lung cancer awareness in Minnesota. Wortman's team, named "Run Like L," raised a little more than ... read more →

Lung Cancer Survivor Raises For Research, Wins Super Bowl Trip

DENVER (CBS4) – A young father from Denver with advanced lung cancer is pumped to be going to the Super Bowl! He won the trip after raising nearly $50,000 to fund lung cancer research in Colorado. Matt Arensdorf and his wife, Jen, raised that money in just two months... read more →

Team Draft & American Cancer Society

Denver, CO lung cancer survivor-advocate Anne Phillips earned a trip to Atlanta for the College Football National Championship by participating in Team Draft's Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge. On game day she visited the American Cancer Society... read more →

Fighting Lung Cancer For Herself And Everyone

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– “All you need to get lung cancer, are lungs,” said Anne Phillips. “I had exactly one symptom to get lung cancer, I had lungs.” Anne is trying to raise awareness about how lung cancer is not just a disease among smokers.... read more →

Linda Wortman is Headed to the Super Bowl

“10 years ago I was shockingly diagnosed with lung cancer.” and today Linda Wortman is a survivor. She’s competing in the “Team Draft Super Bowl Challenge, ” kicked off by former NFL player Chris Draft who lost his wife to lung cancer.... read more →

Difference Makers: 12-year NFL veteran Chris Draft on HLN

Team Draft CO-Founder Chris Draft and Atlanta lung cancer survivor Patty Watkins sat down with CNN/HLN Sport Reporter Coy Wire for a feature about #DifferenceMakers. ... read more →

NFL Vet Helps Lung Cancer Survivors to Tampa

Chris, Carol and Ed all got a chance to meet on Monday in Raymond James Stadium. Yes, Carol and Ed are lifelong Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans, but today’s meeting was part of Chris’ mission with the Chris Draft Family Foundation.... read more →

Fan battling cancer wins chance to see Patriots in Super Bowl

Jeremy Smallwood is battling stage four lung cancer. He won the chance to see the Patriots in Super Bowl 51. Smallwood raised enough money for lung cancer research that he and his wife Amanda will be sitting in NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s box in Houston for the game.... read more →

Medill Reports Taste of The NFL Lisa Moran

Former NFL players and celebrities walked the red carpet Saturday night in Houston at the Taste of the NFL, but for Lisa Moran it was more than just a star-studded event... read more →

Patriots fan with cancer wins Super Bowl ticket

BOSTON – The opportunity to go to a Super Bowl seems out of reach, but thanks to an unlikely donor, a Beverly man and his wife are going. Unfortunately, the trip is coming at a challenging time for this couple.... read more →

Pats Fan Battling Cancer On His Way To The Super Bowl

PEABODY (CBS) — It’s been awhile since Jeremy Smallwood of Beverly can crack a big smile. The 37-year-old has Stage 4 lung cancer, but he thanks Lahey Medical Center he’s alive today.... read more →

Cancer survivor gives to hospital through former NFL player

Four years ago, Kris Patrick-Wolf was a 43-year-old mother of two young boys living in Woodburn. She was working as a Psychiatric Consultation Liason at Salem Hospital, a job she had held for 13 years. On Nov. 20, 2013, she was told that she had an incurable form of Stage IV lung cancer, and that she had just three to eight months to live.... read more →

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