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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. At age 34, I was diagnosed with Stage 3b lung cancer on May 11, 2011.  On … read more ❯

Abraham and Yolanda Almanza are Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

In 1998, I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at the age of 15. I would later turn 16 in the hospital not knowing if I would live to see my 17th birthday. Being the son of a smoker … read more ❯

Alberto Lopez is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

So a little bit about my self, on how my cancer was detected. On a hot summer day in July, while preparing for vacation to San Antonio TX, we were loading up a camper trailer and that’s when I injured … read more ❯

Andy Bonnett is Changing the Face of Lung cancer!

Physicians at the University of Colorado Hospital are finding startling success with medications that are made to match the genes of a particular lung cancer. The new strategy means the drugs work only on certain patients – but they can … read more ❯

Ashley Mahaffey is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Today, a remarkable woman shared her mother’s story with Chris. Team Draft is proud to share the Ashley Joy’s story of her mother, Patricia Mahaffey.read more ❯

Barbara’s Story- Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Nearly two years later, Barbara Jones can still recall the exact date of her cancer diagnosis. “I will never forget it,” she says. She had rushed to the hospital after waking up in the wee hours of the morning with … read more ❯

Brian Kissinger is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

My name is Brian Kissinger. In February of 2010, I was unbelievably diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. I had come down with a bad case of pneumonia, and rushed to the hospital. I was terrified because my son, Braydon … read more ❯

Caroline Maglente Foster is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

“In My Own Words” by Caroline Maglente Foster “In My Own Words” by Caroline Maglente Foster I’m a 45 year old mother to two boys, a partner to a loving and caring man, and the only child to wonderful loving … read more ❯

Charlie Horner is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

When Charlie Horner joined the Army, he did so to serve his country. He is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and served in the Vietnam War.read more ❯

Colonel Jeffrey E. Smith is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

I am Colonel Jeffrey E. Smith and I retired from the United States Air Force as the Commander, Defense Contract Management Agency of Chicago on 30 June 2006, after 26 years of distinguished military service. Upon my retirement I was … read more ❯

Colts and IU Health – 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. But after antibiotics failed to clear a suspected … read more ❯

Dan Friedman is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Dan Friedman was 43 in late 2010 when he began to feel a little short of breath while exercising. It was fall, and he enjoyed working out often, at the gym four or five days a week. But the crisper … read more ❯

Dave Bjork is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

I remember the exact moment as if it was yesterday. I was out for dinner with friends when my cell phone rang. It was my doctor from Massachusetts General Hospitalread more ❯

Don Stranathan and Penny

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 ❯

EDWINA AND THE BANANA PUDDING STORY

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 ❯

Elizabeth Dessureault Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

When she was told she had lung cancer, Elizabeth Dessureault says, she was unable to process what she was hearing. “It didn’t make sense to me that a 26-year-old, healthy, non-smoker read more ❯

Eva Borsi is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

“I have never smoked a day in my life,” begins Eva Borsi, a Seattle resident who is being treated at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for stage IV lung cancer. “I am a vegetarian. I ride my bike to work every … read more ❯

Fawn Lee is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Fawn Lee: On February 4, 2011, Fawn Lee received a call from her doctor asking her to come in right away. Being a mother of three young children and having just went through a move, Fawn scheduled a time later … read more ❯

Greta Kreuz is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Just m oments before a live report for the evening news, ABC 7′s Greta Kreuz got the call from her doctor. “He said to me, ‘You have lung cancer.’ I said, ‘What?! I’ve never even smoked a day in my … 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 ❯

Heather Geraghty is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

On Dec. 28, 2010, I was told I had lung cancer. It didn’t seem possible. I was only 24! Early in December I had experienced persistent chest pain that ultimately led me to my local Emergency Room. I received a … read more ❯

Huddling Up With A Treatment Game Plan

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., assistant professor of general oncology at The … 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 ❯

Jessica Rice is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Jessica Rice was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer at age 30 in November of 2011. She has never smoked. She does not have a family history. Nothing ‘caused’ her cancer. Prior to her diagnoses she was an established project … 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. Then, just six months later, my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer and he died three months later … read more ❯

Joe Newcomb is Changing the Face of 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 ❯

Kathi Roberts– Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Let’s start this week off on an upbeat note! And you can’t get more upbeat than our wonderful lung cancer survivor and Free to Breathe Charlotte committee member, Kathi Roberts. Let me begin by saying I have had a very … read more ❯

Kathleen Houlihan is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

In July of 1998 I developed a pain in my left shoulder blade, which I thought was from pruning an overhead tree branch. My doctor and I treated it as a pulled muscle, but several months later, when I started … read more ❯

Kathy Leiser is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Many people diagnosed with cancer ask “why me?” Kathy Leiser asks herself “what if?” What if she hadn’t moved from Texas to Nashville to be closer to her two grown sons in 2009? What if she hadn’t heard that public … read more ❯

Kathy Weber is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer survivor Kathy Weber raised more than $8,000 on behalf of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.read more ❯

Katy Veysman is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

After looking at my scans, my oncologist recently reminded me: “every day is a gift.” Yikes, I thought. Don’t I know it! Treating every day like it’s a gift is the right way to live: swing from the fences, tell … read more ❯

Keisha Kirkland is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Phenomenal, brilliant, and driven are just a few words that characterize Dr. Keisha Kirkland. A woman of incredible poise and determination, Keisha Kirkland is the epitome of courage, strength, and the healing power of faith. Her radiant personality and warm spirit are evident in her smile and genuine love for people.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, read more ❯

Kim Wieneke is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Hello. I’m Kim Wieneke, living in Portland, Oregon. I am 36, former athlete, and have stage 4 lung cancer. I learned about my condition in May of 2011. From that moment on, life has been drastically different. I’ve been though … read more ❯

Kimberly Buchmeier is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Kimberly Buchmeier of Auburn, Neb., was diagnosed with non-small cell adenocarcinoma lung cancer in March 2011, at age 37.read more ❯

Kristen Carlton is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Lung Cancer in July 2013. I had no symptoms, but my tumor showed up on a CT done for kidney stones. On Aug 14, 2013, I had my tumor and left lower lobe removed. … 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. I never realized the unknown … read more ❯

Lisa Goldman is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Im 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 ❯

Madeline Borrouso – Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

I have lived in New Orleans all of my life. I love it here. I am 66 years old and grew up with a large family, 4 brothers and 1 sister. When my children ask me what I did for … read more ❯

Mark P. Marini is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Thanks for selecting me as a Team Draft’s recipient as it was a special day for my wife and I and the owner of my company Anthony Cafaro Jr and his wonderful Gayle . I have been through quite a … read more ❯

Mary Anne Rios is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Mary Anne Rios, diagnosed in August 2010 with incurable Stage 3B Lung Cancer was a shock to me, and my family. I am a non-smoker. At that time we had only heard of smokers being diagnosed with lung cancer. We … read more ❯

Matt Hiznay is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

My name is Matt Hiznay, and I am 25 years old. I am a lung cancer survivor. I am the first child of Jim and Mandie Hiznay. I have a younger sister, Katie, and a younger brother, Patrick. I grew up in Poland, Ohio, and graduated from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.read more ❯

Melissa Crouse is Changing the Face of lung Cancer

“I may have cancer, but it doesn’t have me!!!” Eight years ago I was diagnosed with NSCLC (non-small cell lung cancer) and was given between three and five years to live. As a relatively young healthy woman who worked out … read more ❯

Merita Carroll is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

I was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell adenocarcinoma Lung Cancer March 6, 2015. I am also a non-smoker. I was diagnosed at the age of 49. I\’m a Registered Nurse and had no medical history until my diagnosis. Because … read more ❯

Micheal Barkins is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

In August of 2012 I went to the doctor for a routine checkup. While the doctor was listening to my heart and lungs he told me to take in a deep breath which I did and I cough, he asked … read more ❯

Montessa Lee is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

On the D.C. leg of Team Draft’s East Coast nationwide tour, we met Montessa Lee of Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2006, she experienced chest pain, followed by shortness of breath and a cough.read more ❯

Natalie DiMarco is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

A Young Mother’s Fight with Lung Cancer: a Story of Hope By Aisha Avery 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 … read more ❯

Patty Kuzara is Tackling Lung Cancer

My name is Patty Kuzara. I am a wife and mother, a friend, a sister, an aunt, a niece and I just happen to have Stage IV Lung Cancer. But I am so much more than that: I am a … read more ❯

PAUL KALANITHI is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer survivor Paul Kalanithi is heading to the Super Bowl! We were thrilled to raise funds for Team Draft! My husband Paul was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer as a 36-year-old, and Team Draft has really helped boost … read more ❯

Samantha Mixon is Changing thr Face of 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 ❯

SANDRA HENTHORN IS CHANGING THE FACE OF LUNG CANCER

I was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2011, after a routine CT scan for a kidney cyst showed a ground glass opacity on my left lung. At first, I was somewhat concerned, but not too much—I could breathe well … read more ❯

Susan Warmerdam is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Seven months ago, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer. As a non-smoker, this came as a complete shock, surreal—impossibility. Many women in my family had battled breast cancer, including my mother, and it was always breast cancer that … read more ❯

Tammy Alexander is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

In looking back I can see the signs, now that I know them, I can see them. But hindsight is 20/20, or so they say. Would my diagnosis be different had it been detected a few months earlier? A few … read more ❯

Tammy Miller is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

In February 2008, I noticed I was coughing more frequently than usual. But I wasn’t worried. I had suffered from seasonal allergies most of my adult life and the cough did not seem any different from my past experiences. At … read more ❯

Taylor Bell is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Growing up it was my dream to play soccer in college. I got that chance when Coach Rob Donnenwirth asked if I would like to come to ECU to play soccer. When I got to ECU, I bonded with my … read more ❯

Tomma Hargraves is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

n 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. A few days later, she received a diagnosis that shocked her: … read more ❯

Tori Tomalia Is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Tori Tomalia is a two-time cancer survivor currently living with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer since May of 2013.read more ❯



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