Chicago, IL. Four Chicago lung cancer survivor-advocates represented Team Draft at the United Center on Monday. Tracy Anderson, Barb Miller, William Marshall, and Terry Gillespie watched the Chicago Bulls defeat the Toronto Raptors. #ASurvivoratEveryArena #Tacklelungcancer #WindyCity
Team Draft is dedicated to raising lung cancer awareness and increasing badly needed research funding by shattering the misconception that lung cancer is a “smoker’s disease.” The fact is anybody can get lung cancer. Yet, despite the fact that between 20,000 and 30,000 people who have never smoked—including Keasha—are diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States each year, the smoking stigma negatively impacts lung cancer research funding, which pales in comparison to funding for other major cancers and diseases. Team Draft is out to change all that by using the unique platform available to Chris as a former NFL player and nationally recognized community leader and health advocate to lead a National Campaign to Change the Face of Lung Cancer—a campaign that has taken us to more than 100 of the top cancer treatment and research centers in the United States and Canada.
Through our Survivor at Every Arena initiative, we are working with all 30 NBA teams to have a lung cancer survivor from a local cancer center and their guests attend one of the team’s home games.
Our goals are to create a unique experience for participating survivors and to raise awareness on a local and national level by using each game and each survivor’s story to weave a broader narrative about the state of lung cancer and the hope that now exists for those battling the disease.
We kicked off our 2nd Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge on December 2nd, 2015. The Challenge builds off the success of our established Survivor Series by using the games at the heart of that initiative to create buzz for supporting our lung cancer survivors.
Support our Super Bowl Challenge participants: https://www.crowdrise.com/LungCancerSurvivorsSuperBowl
Special thanks to the Chicago Bulls, Rush University Cancer Center, Northwestern Lurie Cancer Center, North Shore Cancer Center, University of Chicago Cancer Center, Jill Feldman, Jeff Tanaka, Billy Nash and our Team Draft’s supporters for helping make this experience possible.
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