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A Survivor at Every Rink: San Jose Sharks

San Jose, CA. Bay Area lung cancer survivor Gabby Wilson represented Team Draft at the SAP Center on Saturday. Gabby, and her family, watched the San Jose Sharks take on the Anaheim Ducks. #HockeyFightsCancer #LCAM15

Gabby Wilson

Six year old girls should be playing soccer, laughing with their BFFs, and daydreaming of days to come. When did little girls become the face of lung cancer? according to Gabby Wilson, at the ripe old age of 6, when she lost a lung to cancer.

Even as an oncology nurse, I struggle to comprehend a child battling cancer but I find it especially difficult to comprehend a child fighting lung cancer but that is exactly what Gabby did and with such grace.

In 2007, Gabby was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer. She endured surgery which left her with only one lung and a powerful message “Anyone can get lung cancer.”

From the mouth of babes – “I didn’t even smoke!”

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Given the overwhelming success of our Survivor at Every Stadium initiative, in 2012, we expanded it beyond the gridiron to the ice through our Survivor at Every Rink initiative. As part of Team Draft’s National Campaign to Change the Face of Lung Cancer, this celebration of survivorship raises awareness, gives hope to those battling the disease and shines a light on the important work being done at cancer research and treatment centers across North America.

Through our Survivor at Every Rink initiative, we are working with all NHL teams to have a lung cancer survivor attend one of the team’s home games as a part of their national initiative, Hockey Fights Cancer!

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 San Jose Sharks, the NHL 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!

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