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A Survivor at Every College Stadium: Purdue Boilermakers

West Lafayette, IN. Retired US Marine Colonel and lung cancer survivor Mark Smith will attend the Purdue University game this weekend versus Virginia Tech. Since his diagnosis, at St. Francis Cancer Center in Indianapolis, Col. Smith has committed to being a survivor-advocate for cancer survivors. #BoilerUp

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“Every day he is battling cancer with faith, fitness and fight.”

Smith said having cancer has brought blessings into his life. To pass that on, he has set up at Franciscan St. Francis Health the Colonel Mark A. Smith patient assistance fund to raise money for those fighting cancer.  The fund offers financial assistance for everyday expenses not covered by insurance such as medications, transportation, groceries, rent and utilities. By easing this burden, patients and their families can focus on  healing.

USMC Colonel Mark Smith –
In 2012, Team Draft marked the occasion by launching our inaugural Survivor at Every Stadium initiative, with the NFL, on CNN during a nationally-televised prime time special focusing on lung cancer and our National Campaign to Change the Face of Lung Cancer.

Leveraging our connections with the NFL and the NCAA, its teams and players and our relationships with many of the top cancer centers in the country,  As part of our National Campaign, this celebration of survivorship raises lung cancer awareness, gives hope to those battling the disease, and shines a light on the important work being done at cancer research and treatment centers around the country.

Team Draft’s goals are to create a unique experience for participating survivors and to raise awareness on a local, national, and international level by using each game and each survivor’s story to weave a broader narrative about the state of cancer and the hope that now exists for those battling the disease.

Special thanks to the Purdue University football team, Franciscan St. Francis Health Cancer Center and our Team Draft supporters for helping make this experience possible.

Donate now to Support the National Campaign to Change the Face of Lung Cancer!