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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 →

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Atlanta, GA. ATL lung cancer survivor-advocate & 4th place SB Challenge winner Patty Watkins will rep Team Draft at the Georgia Dome. - Read More

Atlanta, GA. The 2017 Lung Cancer Super Bowl Challenge winners have been announced! #JeremySmallwood #DirkBosgraf #LisaMoran #Tacklinglungcancer - Read More

Atlanta, GA. Piedmont Hospital lung cancer survivor-advocate Samantha Mixon Thompson represented Team Draft at the Falcons final regular season game at the Georgia Dome. - 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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News and Media

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 →

Delta cancer survivor, honored with visit from former NFL player

Delta’s Cancer Support Engagement Group (CSEN) recently honored Tech Ops employee and cancer survivor Joe Pitts with a get-together that included his wife, closest friends, and former NFL linebacker Chris Draft.... 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 →

Elizabeth Dessureault Awarded Ottawa City Builder’s Award

Ottawa, ON. Lung cancer survivor Elizabeth D was honored by Ottawa City with their Builder's Award for her commitment to raising lung cancer awareness. ... read more →

Change stereotype about lung cancer as a ‘smokers’ disease’

Kathy Weber is setting out to change the image of lung cancer. “It’s not a smokers’ disease anymore,” she said. “Anyone with lungs can get lung cancer.” ... read more →

Keeping Cancer A Secret – Samantha Mixon Thompson

Four years ago, my body sent me a terrifying message that something was horribly wrong. My head started throbbing, my depth perception was suddenly gone, and I couldn't see anything but swirly colors.... read more →

Cancer-stricken Wilcox track coach has TD in her corner

Brewer, a non-smoker, also has a point she wants to emphasize. “I just want to make sure that everybody knows that really anybody with lungs can get cancer,” she said. “It’s just not a smoker’s disease any more. It’s every-day people.”... 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 →

Cancer patient prepping for trip to see Broncos in Super Bowl

DENVER -- As the Denver Broncos prepare for Super Bowl 50, one of their biggest fans back home is getting ready her first trip to the big game... read more →

Lung cancer survivor wins trip to Pro Bowl

Lung cancer survivor Kathy Weber of Kiowa, Colorado raised more than $9,000 to help spread awareness. She took second place earning her a trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl... read more →

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