Jacksonsville, NC. Lung cancer survivor and United States Marine Corps (USMC) Major Joe Newcomb is retiring after 25 years of the service. Major Newcomb has served the United States of America in three wars and numerous other conflicts during his years of service. Semper Fi!
Major Newcomb represented Team Draft in 2013 at Fedex Field, during the Washington Redskins vs. San Diego Chargers game.
LANDOVER, Md. (WJLA) – Smiling and surrounded by his family at the Redskins game on Sunday, you’d never know Marine Corps Major Joe Newcomb is fighting for his life.
“It’s been hell, it really has,” he describes. “It’s very tough on the body.”
“I’m non-smoker and I was shocked,” Newcomb explains. “I was sure that was not the case, but sure enough, I have cancer.”
There are ads that characterize this disease as smoking’s gruesome consequence, but experts are saying that roughly 80-percent of new lung cancer patients have either stopped smoking or never smoked.
“My wife Keasha was diagnosed with lung cancer in December of 2010 and out of nowhere,” he says. “She was healthy. She was strong. And she never smoked.”
In her final months, the couple launched “Team Draft,” a charity aimed at helping change the stigma of lung cancer.
Draft’s wife passed away just one year later, and now he’s working with cancer survivors like Newcomb to raise awareness about the disease.
“We are not fighting against lung cancer, we’re fighting for people,” he says.
“Spread the word. Lung cancer is not a smoker’s disease,” he says.