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Patient and Former NFL Player Team Up to Support Lung Cancer Research, Spread Hope

Patient and Former NFL Player Team Up to Support Lung Cancer Research, Spread Hope 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 … ..read more ❯

Cancer survivor gives to hospital through former NFL player

Cancer survivor gives to hospital through Team Draft’s Super Bowl Challenge  Salem, Oregon. 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 … ..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 ❯

Colorado Springs woman, lung cancer survivor wins trip to Super Bowl LI

HOUSTON — FOX21’s Alison Mastrangelo met up with Lisa Moran from Colorado Springs Saturday. Moran was the second runner-up for Team Draft’s 2016 Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge. She won a trip to Houston to get a behind the … ..read more ❯

A Super Bowl wish comes true for youngsters battling illness

By Andrew Kragie, Houston Chronicle Of all the football players who visited the NFL Experience on Friday, only one had a highlight-reel video that opens with a close-up of the helmeted player smiling to reveal a row of missing baby … ..read more ❯

Tackling lung cancer in 2017 Super Bowl Challenge

New England Patriots fan Jeremy Smallwood won tickets in the 2017 Super Bowl Challenge...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. ..read more ❯

Patriots fan with cancer gets Super Bowl ticket from ex-Falcons player

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 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. “It means everything and it’s incredible to think … ..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 ❯

Big Week for Team Draft at the Cancer Community!

NFL Ambassador and International Health Care Advocate, Chris Draft, Attends Signing Ceremony At The White House For 21st Century Cures Act WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law, and former NFL linebacker … ..read more ❯

Upstate cancer survivors compete in national Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge

FOX Carolina 21   GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) –James Taylor is thankful. His faith gives him strength and his love for football inspires him. “I live every day to its fullest,” Taylor said. “My wife and I, we love football.” … ..read more ❯

Former Falcons linebacker trying to “Change the Face” of lung cancer

Former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Chris Draft spent nearly a decade in the NFL punishing running backs. ..read more ❯

Ravens Employee Is Helping To Change The Face Of Lung Cancer

Ravens Employee Is Helping To Change the Face of Lung Cancer by Ryan Mink BaltimoreRavens.com Staff Writer @Ravens All Ryan Mink Articles Ravens Director of Ticket Sales & Hospitality Mike Burke is active, competitive and hadn’t smoked a day in … ..read more ❯

American Football Star Tackles Cancer

American Football Star Tackles Cancer London, England, 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. The new £160 … ..read more ❯

NFL star Chris Draft keeps pledge to late wife by taking cancer patients to Wembley game

An American Football player will this weekend honour a wedding-day pledge to his late wife when he takes two cancer patients to a showpiece NFL game at Wembley Stadium. #NFLUK  By Ross Lydall Chris Draft, 40, a linebacker who retired … ..read more ❯

Delta Airlines TechOps empolyee, cancer survivor honored with a visit from former NFL Player

By Kimberly Westwood 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. Pitts, who has been part of … ..read more ❯

After Losing Wife To Cancer, Former NFL Linebacker Visits With Patients

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/08/29/nfl-player-cancer-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. Former NFL linebacker Chris Draft and his wife Keasha were looking forward to spending … ..read more ❯

Team Draft co-founder, Chris Draft, gives Keynote at Pelotonia 16

Columbus, OH. Former NFL player and Team Draft co-founder, Chris Draft, will be the keynote speaker at Pelotonia 16. Pelotonia, a grassroots organization that raises money to fund cancer research, is hosting nearly 8,000 riders and 3,000 volunteers this year … ..read more ❯

Hinz: More than a football coach

Hinz: Much more than a football coach Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:00 am Asked to share their memories of Jeff Hinz, those who knew him were more apt to talk about him not so much as a football coach, … ..read more ❯

Rest in Peace Chris Chandler

Rest in Peace Chris Chandler CHEROKEE TRIBUNE: Canton, GA. A local treasure, loved and respected Canton businessman, musician and Cherokee County native, Chris Chandler, 52, died Monday two years after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Chandler is remembered for … ..read more ❯

Former Bear, Rush Patient Take on Lung Cancer

Former Bear, Rush Patient Take on Lung Cancer Chicago, IL. Chris Draft, a former Chicago Bears linebacker, lost his wife Lakeasha to lung cancer when she was 38 years old — just one month after they married. “Until recently, all … ..read more ❯

Cancer-stricken Wilcox track coach has former NFL player in her corner

Cancer-stricken Wilcox track coach has former NFL player in her corner Posted on April 5, 2016 by Darren Sabedra Brenda Brewer is upbeat and cheerful. She rattles off former Wilcox star D’Airrien Jackson’s track times like a proud high school … ..read more ❯

Keeping Cancer A Secret

“I didn’t want anyone to know what I thought I had done to myself.” Samantha Mixon, 36, St. Simons Island, GA Four years ago, my body sent me a terrifying message that something was horribly wrong. My head started throbbing, … ..read more ❯

Ottawa City Builder’s Award

Today I was honoured with the City Builder’s Award by the City of Ottawa. Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Jeff Leiter..read more ❯

Kiowa woman aims to 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.” She should know: The physically active Kiowa wife and mother, a lung cancer survivor, never smoked...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 earns trip to Pro Bowl

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Lung cancer survivor wins trip to Pro Bowl

Lung cancer survivor wins trip to Pro Bowl Posted: Jan 31, 2016 10:13 PM EST Updated: Feb 21, 2016 10:14 PM EST By Roger Mari Connect In 2006, former NFL Linebacker Chris Draft established the Chris Draft Family Foundation to … ..read more ❯

‘When Breath Becomes Air:’ a dying doctor’s memoir teaches about love and loss

Dr. Paul Kalanithi read the CT scan. He could clearly see tumors matting the lungs and deforming the spine. As a resident in neurosurgery in his final year of training at Stanford, he’d seen plenty of such scans before. But this time, the scan was his own. ..read more ❯

Lung Cancer Survivors Win Fundraising Challenge

A passion for lung cancer research moved two lung cancer survivors to raise money for the cause. Now with the help of the Chris Draft Family Foundation, one is going to the Super Bowl...read more ❯

Super Bowl, Pro Bowl Trips For Cancer Patients Who Are Great At Fundraising

DENVER (CBS4) – The teams have yet to be determined, but one Broncos fan already knows she’s going to the Super Bowl. Another will travel to the Pro Bowl...read more ❯

Cancer patient could win trip to Super Bowl

She did it. A 38-year-old Denver woman battling cancer is going to the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. 9NEWS at 4 p.m. 01/04/16. KUSA Jonathan Gonzalez and Jen Marnowski, KUSA 5:35 p.m. MST January 4, 2016 DENVER, Colorado – She … ..read more ❯

Hope During the Holidays

SHARE HOPE DURING THE HOLIDAYS American Cancer Society shares new survey insights and helpful tips for supporting those impacted by cancer as part of its Advantage Humans Campaign ATLANTA, November 30, 2015 – Feelings of hope and love are abundant … ..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 ❯

Team Draft Co-founder, Chris Draft Leads ACS Advantage Humans Campaign

HUMANS VS. CANCER: “ADVANTAGE HUMANS” CAMPAIGN The spirit of the Society’s “Advantage Humans” campaign conveys the emotions inherent in each and every one of us to deal with the fight against cancer. Photographed and directed by two cancer survivors, the … ..read more ❯

“I want to help change the face of lung cancer”: Young, non-smokers, women, increasingly being diagnosed

It is crucial to have people like Dessureault speak about their experiences with lung cancer, Laurie said. With breast cancer, there are a lot of young survivors who are outspoken, intelligent and of the right socioeconomic background to be able to advocate. With lung cancer, that is not terribly common. There are not a lot of people like Elizabeth out there...read more ❯

Draft Tackles Cancer with Rams Rookies

Courtesy if the St. Louis Rams Just like when he was a player, no one was working harder than Chris Draft. At his own event, Draft was running around the field, using the microphone to give encouragement to the more … ..read more ❯

For this doctor couple, the Super Bowl was about way more than football

Earlier this month, football fans across the world watched as the New England Patriots shocked the Seattle Seahawks with a very dramatic last-minute win. While the game itself was a thrill, equally as exciting for two people in the seats … ..read more ❯

Super Bowl Challenge Winners Paul and Lucy Kalanithi

“We are proud to honor these outstanding advocates who are truly changing the face of lung cancer by supporting promising research and treatments that are giving lung cancer survivors more days weeks , months and even years to treasure with … ..read more ❯

Samantha Mixon 2015 Taste of the NFL

Super Bowl Challenge second Runner-Up and lung cancer survivor Samantha Mixon of St. Simons Island, Georgia is heading to the Taste of the NFL, a gala event taking place in the Super Bowl city the night before the big game. ..read more ❯

The Inaugural Super Bowl Challenge

The winners of the inaugural Super Bowl Challenge will enjoy trips to the Super Bowl, the NFL Pro-Bowl and the Taste of the NFL this month as part of Team Draft’s National Campaign to Change the Face of Lung Cancer . ..read more ❯

Lung Cancer Survivor and Super Bowl Challenge Runner-up Dan Powell of Greenville, South Carolina attended the NFL Pro Bowl

“Going to the Pro Bowl was a dream come true. This time last year I was fighting for my life with the stage IV lung cancer diagnosis. We have incredible support from my friends, family, my church, support groups, and … ..read more ❯

In the game of life, you never know what can be tossed your way.

Lung cancer survivor Dan Powell is heading to the NFL Pro Bowl! “Going to the Pro Bowl is a dream come true. This time last year I was fighting for my life with the stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis. We … ..read more ❯

Former Falcon starts cancer fundraiser for Super Bowl

Lung cancer survivor Samantha Mixon is heading to the Taste of the NFL #SuperBowl “We are super excited to be able to go to the Taste of NFL thanks to Team Draft and all of our amazing friends, family, and … ..read more ❯

Post Falls Coach Jeff Hinz is Battling Cancer

Seattle, WA. High school football coach and lung cancer survivor Jeff Hinz and his family represented Team Draft at the University of Washington Huskies game. They also attended the game after a huge Post Falls High School victory the night before. ..read more ❯

Chris Draft Tackles Lung Cancer Like a Lineman and Earns the Title of August LUNGevity Hero

WASHINGTON, August 28, 2014 — LUNGevity Foundation announces former NFL linebacker Chris Draft as the August LUNGevity Hero for his active effort in raising awareness of lung cancer and campaigning for critical funds for research. After his wife’s battle with … ..read more ❯

Lung Cancer Campaign Hits Sidelines of Redskins Training Camp

8NEWS – WRIC | News Where You Live RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – There’s been a lot of talk about the action on the field since Redskins Training Camp started last month, but today the focus was on a health campaign … ..read more ❯

Chris Draft Tackles Lung Cancer at Mount Sinai

Who decides they want to become a lung cancer advocate? “In most cases that doesn’t just happen – it’s personal,” former NFL star Chris Draft began, while raising awareness about lung cancer at Mount Sinai. Read More..read more ❯

Lung cancer survivor trains for marathon

“I think differently now. I always thought I had all the time in the world. Now, I know I’d better get moving.” Looking back, Jenny White thanks her lucky stars she was uncharacteristically determined to deep clean her bathroom that … ..read more ❯

Let’s Change the Face of Lung Cancer… Together!

Manhattan, New York. On April 2rd, Former NFL player and Team Draft Co-Founder, Chris Draft and Lt. Commander Corey Carter, MD Walter Reed Military Hospital came to VA’s Manhattan campus. They were videotaped in conversation with Chief of Radiology Patrick … ..read more ❯

Former NFL Star Chris Draft Speaks On Lung Cancer & Athletes Moving Beyond Just Their Sport

Former football star Chris Draft gave an appearance on Sway in the Morning a few days ago in the mist of the Super Bowl suspicion. The NFL player discussed never actually getting to play in the Super Bowl and which … ..read more ❯

How Long Have I Got Left?

Paul Kalanithi is a chief resident in neurological surgery at Stanford University. AS soon as the CT scan was done, I began reviewing the images. The diagnosis was immediate: Masses matting the lungs and deforming the spine. Cancer. In my … ..read more ❯

What is the Biggest Cancer Killer?

Produced in partnership with Catch It In Time (catchitintime.org), 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...read more ❯

Former Falcon highlights the changing face of lung cancer

ATLANTA — Former Atlanta Falcon Chris Draft is teaming up with cancer patients and survivors to bring more attention and resources to lung cancer, the deadliest type of cancer for both men and women. “Because the numbers are such that … ..read more ❯

Lung cancer survivor takes on Atlanta Half Marathon

ATLANTA – Look around, and you’ll find lots of reasons to be thankful. But Kristen Carlton’s thank-you list is a long one this year, and you might be surprised to find that kidney stones are high atop that list. It … ..read more ❯

Titans vs Jaguars: Team Draft to Honor Lung Cancer Survivors

Anyone who has watched an NFL game during October is probably aware that the month is known as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”It’s hard to miss with all of the pink that finds its way unto player uniforms and television graphics. … ..read more ❯

Former NFL linebacker leads charge to raise lung cancer awareness

GREEN BAY – November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Did you know that lung cancer kills more people than breast, cervical, prostate and melanoma cancers combined? Former NFL linebacker, Chris Draft, also wants you to know it’s not just a … ..read more ❯

Former Redskin Chris Draft and Marine fight lung cancer

LANDOVER, Md. (WJLA) – Smiling and surrounded by his family at the Redskins game on Sunday, you’d never know Marine Corps Major Joe Newcomb is fighting for his life. Continue reading “It’s been hell, it really has,” he describes. “It’s … ..read more ❯

Tackling Cancer With The Redskins

Friday marks the last day of the first Washington Redskins training camp in Richmond, and to mark the occasion, a former player visited the field to share an important message about lung cancer...read more ❯

Lung cancer remains a major killer

By Kathryn Roethel of the SF Gate The No. 1 killing cancer is not the one many people think of first. It’s not the one with the pink ribbon, or the one whose controversial screenings are grabbing headlines. It’s lung … ..read more ❯

Not just a smoker’s disease -Former NFL player raises…

Lung cancer is often perceived as a smoker’s disease. But a hard look at lung cancer diagnosis data reveals that 45 percent of patients with the disease are former smokers, and an additional 15 percent never smoked at all...read more ❯

Samantha Mixon is Changing thr Face of Lung Cancer

ATLANTA — Samantha Mixon looks and feels great, but she is fighting stage four lung cancer and all the assumptions that people make about her disease. “The first thing they ask is, ‘Did you smoke?’ It’s annoying at this point,” … ..read more ❯

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Team Draft visits the University of Colorado Cancer Center...read more ❯

New Genetic Testing Gives Researchers New Tool to Fight Cancer

In the game of football, players face tough opponents, and former NFL linebacker Chris Draft knows what it means to play hard. That’s why his new game plan is to beat lung cancer. “What we’ve found consistently is there is hope … ..read more ❯

Former NFL player starts cancer foundation after losing wife to disease

>At his wedding, a former NFL player announced his new foundation to fight cancer. A month later, his wife lost her battle with cancer. This Monday, doctors and scientists move in to the new Cancer Research Center on Tulane Avenue, … ..read more ❯

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center NIH

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center with a multisite presence. Its three campuses — in Scottsdale, Ariz., Jacksonville, Fla., and Rochester, Minn. — give the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center a broad geographic reach, … ..read more ❯

Team Draft Tours OHSU

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A former NFL linebacker came to Portland to see how researchers at Oregon Health & Science University are bringing new hope to cancer patients. Chris Draft lost his wife to lung cancer in 2011. Before she … ..read more ❯

Huddling up With a Treatment Gameplan

Football was a major part of Jim Hatfield’s life so it was only natural that it was part of his successful journey through lung cancer too. Hatfield and his doctor, Craig Kovitz, M.D.....read more ❯

Natalie DiMarco is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Meet Natalie DiMarco, a 34-year-old daughter, wife, and mother of two. She was born in San Francisco and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Her family returned to the Bay Area when she was a teenager. ..read more ❯

Colts and IU Health are Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Just over three and half years ago, when Gregg Baumbaugh of Noblesville, Ind., came down with a runny nose and scratchy throat, a lung cancer diagnosis was the last thing he expected...read more ❯

Dan Friedman is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

A nonsmoker who regularly works out, Dan Friedman wasn’t the stereotypical person at risk for lung cancer. Yet there he was in 2011, at age 43, hearing he had the disease...read more ❯

Team Draft Co-founder Chris Draft Sits Down With CNN’S Don Lemon

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NFL Tackling Cancer – Cancer Awareness Month

The video was shown prior to the Kickoff of the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football Game between the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals...read more ❯

Changing the Face of Lung Cancer with the University of Colorado

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Chris Draft Honors Keasha Rutledge Draft’s Memory

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Family, friends honor Keasha Rutledge Draft

CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) – Chris Draft, a former NFL linebacker, first met LaKeasha Rutledge back in 2006 in Charlotte, NC. “It’s crazy how things work together,” Draft said. “My cousin met a friend of hers up in New York … ..read more ❯

Team Draft Spreads Word About Lung Cancer In Colorado « CBS Denver

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – He tackled pro football players for 12 years, but former NFL linebacker Chris Draft is now battling a disease that took his love, and changed his life. Draft is on the road again with “Team Draft,” … ..read more ❯

Team Draft and Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center : Lung cancer can effect EVERYONE!

A radiant, smiling picture of former NFL linebacker Chris Draft’s wife Keasha was never far from sight as he toured Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center on June 21. As Draft walked through the clinic and the new state-of-the-art infusion center, … ..read more ❯

Local event helps raise awareness for lung cancer research

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Runners and walkers were out at Park Road Park to help raise money for lung cancer research during the Free to Breathe event Saturday morning. Former Carolina Panthers linebacker Chris Draft lost his wife to lung cancer … ..read more ❯

From CBS42: Team Draft Co-Founder Chris Draft tours UAB Cancer Center

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – On April 5th, 2012 former NFL linebacker Chris Draft toured UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is currently under construction. Seeing one of the nation’s leading cancer research and treatment centers in transition is just what someone … ..read more ❯

ABC2 Baltimore: Team Draft in town raising awareness for lung cancer after losing his wife

BALTIMORE – Chris Draft, a 12-year-veteran of the National Football League, got a special tour of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins today. Draft says he was happy to bring awareness to the work being done at Johns Hopkins, … ..read more ❯

Team Draft in St. Louis: Former Ram Chris Draft Spreads Cancer Prevention Message to Siteman

As the Rams welcome newly drafted Louisiana State defensive tackle Michael Brockers to the fold today, we welcomed former Rams linebacker Chris Draft to our Siteman Cancer Center this morning. Draft visited with lung cancer expert Ramaswamy Govindan, MD to … ..read more ❯

IN GEORGIA LUNG CANCER MATTERS!

ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) – Jackie Archer and former NFL player Chris Draft stood next to Gov. Nathan Deal as he signed into law a bill that calls for the creation of a Lung Cancer Awareness license plate. “I honestly didn’t … ..read more ❯

Team Draft honored at the 33rd Annual Drum Major for Justice Awards

April 4, 2012 (Atlanta, GA) – Former NFL Linebacker Chris Draft and Founder of the Chris Draft Family Foundation will be honored tonight at the 33rd Annual Drum Major for Justice Awards Dinner in downtown Atlanta on in recognition of the … ..read more ❯

Talking about Team Draft with Fox Charlotte

Chris Draft visits Fox Charlotte’s studio to wrap up his weekend trip to the Carolinas...read more ❯

Team Draft kicks off its National Campaign to Change the Face of Lung Cancer during Super Bowl Week in Indianapolis

In December 2010, Keasha Rutledge Draft was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer when she went to her doctor after feeling a slight shortness of breath a few days earlier. As a former Charlotte Hornets Honeybee dancer and member of … ..read more ❯

NBC 11Alive – Keasha Rutledge Draft and Emory University

NBC 11Alive Atlanta highlighted the life of Keasha Rutledge Draft and the work that Emory University is doing to tackle lung cancer..read more ❯



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