Awareness • Early Detection • Treatment • Research • Survivorship
A Survivor at Every Stadium: Chicago Bears
Chicago, IL. Lung cancer survivors Jill Feldman (Rush University Cancer Center) and Susan Warmerdam (Northwestern Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center) will represent Team Draft at Soldier Field on Sunday. The Survivors will cheer on their hometown Chicago Bears against the visiting Buffalo Bills.
The other control I had was to be my own advocate. I didn’t want my four kids to go ever have to go through what I had gone through so I began having CT scans when my mom was diagnosed. All was good until 2009 when the unthinkable happened and I became the patient. Considering my intimacy with lung cancer and being president of LUNGevity at the time, the irony of being diagnosed at 39 years old with the same disease that I literally watched kill both of my parents, and so many others I loved, is still surreal. Thankfully the cancer was caught early, I had surgery, and was considered cured.
At 47, the news that I had inoperable and, according to the medical community, incurable cancer was devastating. As soon as my initial shock and depression could be forced aside, I decide that I would beat this disease. I would be the miracle patient, and I vowed to do everything within my power to fight for my life.
Team Draft’s A Survivor at Every Stadium is committed to creating a unique experience for participating survivors and to raise awareness on a local and national level by using each NFL 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.