Wembley Stadium, London, UK. British Lung cancer survivor Joe Suckling will represent Team Draft at the NFL’s second International game in London this season. The Sucklings will witness an American Football game between, last year’s NFC Champion, San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium this Sunday. This event serves to cap-off a week of international representation, starting with Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and ending with London, England, UK.
Joe Suckling is being treated at London’s Institute of Cancer Research, one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years.
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 lung cancer and the hope that now exists for those battling the disease.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. In 2012, Team Draft marked the occasion by launching 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.
Leveraging our connections with the NFL, its teams and players and our relationships with many of the top cancer centers in the country, we arranged to have lung cancer survivors attend games at NFL stadiums across the country during the last two months of the 2012-2013 season. By the time the initiative concluded at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, more than 30 lung cancer survivors representing 30 cancer centers and nearly every NFL team had participated. Given the overwhelming success of our Survivor at Every Stadium initiative, we have expanded it beyond the NFL to the NBA, the NHL and MLS—and this year, London, UK! 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.
Special thanks to the NFL, NFL UK, Stand up to Cancer, London’s Institute for Cancer Research, and Team Draft representative, Former NFL linebacker and London native, Aden Durde for joining forces with Team Draft to make this experience possible.