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Survivor at Every Stadium: Baltimore Ravens #ThursdayNightFootball

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Baltimore, MD. DMV lung cancer survivors Sydney Barned and Montessa Lee joined the Ravens ticket guy, and Hopkins lung cancer survivor, Mike Burke at Thursday Night Football. The survivors watched the Baltimore Ravens defeat the visiting Miami Dolphins, 40-0, at M & T Stadium in Downtown Baltimore. #ThursdayNightFootball #NFL 

Mike Burke is that guy who plays slow-pitch, recreational softball like it’s the World Series. He coaches four youth teams (soccer, indoor soccer and two basketball teams). He’s active, competitive, a father of four.

At 37 years old, he was healthy – or so he thought.

That is until one day when he felt a pain in his chest while reading his daughter a bedtime story.

In October of 2015, while at work at M&T Bank Stadium as the Ravens’ director of ticket sales and hospitality, Burke found out he had Stage IV lung cancer.  Read More…

In 2012, we, Team Draft, launched our inaugural Survivor Series 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, leverages our connections with the NFL, its teams and players with our relationships with many of the top cancer centers in the country. As a part of our International Campaign, the games allow us to celebrate our survivors, raise awareness, and give hope to those battling the disease, as well as shine 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.

Special thanks to the Baltimore Ravens, Mike Burke, Johns Hopkins, Dr. Julie Brahmer, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and all of our Team Draft supporters for helping make this event possible.

Donate now to Support the National Campaign to Change the Face of Lung Cancer!