Atlanta, GA. Lung cancer survivor-advocates Linda Wortman and Kristen Carlton will run in the Atlanta Falcons Rise Up and Run 5K Saturday morning. They will be cheered on by Team Draft Co-Founder and Former Atlanta Falcon Chris Draft and Kiersten Dickson, a local 20 year old lung cancer survivor.
My name is Linda Wortman and I’m a nonsmoker. I flew for Northwest Airlines for 35 years. I began my career in 1973. January 11, 2008, I was diagnosed with non small cell Lung Cancer. I never realized the unknown devastating health risks associated with second hand smoke! Do you? Two years prior to my diagnosis, I questioned, Do I have SARS or TB?… My local doctors office would just send me home with a ZPac Rx, for my annoying cough & choking symptoms. Also saying, “You don’t need a chest x-ray”! … My physical exam at Mayo Clinic is where I finally found the answers.
I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Lung Cancer in July 2013. I had no symptoms, but my tumor showed up on a CT done for kidney stones. On Aug 14, 2013, I had my tumor and left lower lobe removed. Fortunately, my cancer was caught early and had not spread to my lymph nodes. Now 11-weeks post surgery, I am training to run my third half-marathon. I am determined to finish. I am also determined to help raise awareness for this horrible disease.
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.
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