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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!

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 →

Hazel Senz is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

I am a 55 year old mother of two beautiful girls and wife to the love of my life. On March 5, 2014, my life changed forever when I was diagnosed with stage IV non- small cell lung cancer.... read more →


How many people does it take to make Edwina Edgeworth’s famous banana pudding? One to do the hard work, and a chorus of over 30 family members to cheer her on.... read more →

Kim Wieneke is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Hello. I’m Kim. Kim Wieneke, living in Portland, Oregon. I’ve got lung cancer and I’m not very happy about it. It pretty much sucks.... read more →

Now You Know! Take Action

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Houston, TX. MD Anderson lung cancer survivors Jack McAdory Jr.  and Linda Frederick will represent Team Draft at NRG Stadium on Sunday. - Read More

Green Bay, WI. Wisconsin lung cancer survivor Erin Sarauer represented Team Draft at Lambeau Field today. - Read More

Buffalo, NY. Rochester lung cancer survivor Kelly Shannon represented Team Draft at New Era Field on Sunday. - 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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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 →

Williamstown raising money for Dirk Strong’ campaign

Today in Williamstown that’s exactly what the community is showing for Dirk Bosgraf as #DirkStrong is set to be unleashed on Twitter and the Facebook group No One Fights Alone #DirkStrong will become public.... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Team Draft co-founder Tackles Lung Cancer in London, UK

Former NFL linebacker Chris Draft visited the Cancer Centre at Guy’s this weekend before taking two of its patients to the Washington Redskins game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley.... read more →

Patient and Former NFL Player Team Up to Support LC Reserch

In July 2014, then 39-year-old husband and father of two young boys Dirk Bosgraf says he was “living the dream” – raising his kids in the same small town he grew up in when persistent shoulder pain and unexplained fevers sent him to the doctor. ... read more →

Former Bear, Rush Patient Take on Lung Cancer

Chicago, IL. Feldman, a mother of four, lost her mother, father, aunt and other loved ones to lung cancer before she was diagnosed with the disease at age 39. ... read more →

Ravens Employee: Changing The Face Of Lung Cancer

Ravens Director of Ticket Sales & Hospitality Mike Burke is active, competitive and hadn’t smoked a day in his life. Now Burke is battling Stage IV lung cancer, helping to inspire others battling the disease and raising awareness about its causes.... read more →

Former NFL Linebacker Visits With Patients

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Cancer can affect families in so many different ways. It affects people of all ages at different times and with different results. ... read more →

For one cancer patient a Super Bowl fitting for her fight

If it was a Hollywood script, it would be criticized for being too far-fetched. A cancer patient gets inspired to fight against her prognosis by her favorite NFL team... read more →

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