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A Survivor at Every Stadium: Seattle Seahawks

Seattle, WA. Lung cancer survivor-advocates Kelly Kakuk and Janet Freeman-Daily represented Team Draft at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. Kelly and Janet watched Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin and their Seattle Seahawk lose a close game to the St. Louis Rams. #ASurvivoratEveryStadium #NFLWest #Tacklinglungcancer #12s

Janet Freeman-Daily

Janet believes LC patients need to learn about treatment and clinical trial options that might improve their survival time and quality of life. The public needs to learn that anyone with lungs can get lung cancer.

In the time she have left, she is using her skills to help others who have LC, and increase the awareness of LC among everyone else. In her previous career in aerospace systems engineering, she was a “technical translator” of sorts: She researched science and technology developments and helped others understand how these developments could benefit them. Now she does the same for the experience and science of lung cancer. Her days are spent tracking developments in LC research and treatments, supporting and informing LC ePatients and caregivers online and in person, and raising awareness through writing, blogging and public speaking. She attends and reports on medical meetings as a Patient Advocate, and is one of the founders and moderators of the Lung Cancer Social Media (#LCSM) community. Through these activities, she seeks to foster collaboration among LC patients, caregivers, advocates, healthcare providers, and researchers with an aim to educate, develop public support, end the stigma, and facilitate successful treatments for the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.

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In 2012, we, Team Draft, launched our inaugural Survivor at Every Stadium initiative on CNN during a nationally-televised prime time special focusing on lung cancer and our National Campaign to Change the Face of Lung Cancer.

Our Survivor at Every Stadium initiative, leverages our connections with the NFL, 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.

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.

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Special thanks to the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Virginia Mason Cancer Center, and our Team Draft supporters for helping make this experience possible.

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