Buffalo, NY. Rochester lung cancer survivor Kelly Shannon will represent Team Draft at New Era Field on Sunday. Kelly, and her boys, will watch the Buffalo Bills take on the New England Patriots, with former Buffalo Bill Chris Draft.
I feel beyond fortunate to be able to bring my boys Cooper (9) and Carson (7) to the Buffalo Bills game with Chris Draft and represent Team Draft. I feel it’s an amazing opportunity for me to join the efforts to raise awareness and “change the face of lung cancer.” When people see me, they would never guess that I have lung cancer, that I was diagnosed almost 6 years ago, and every day is a constant battle. It’s important to me that others see me as an example that anyone can get lung cancer…even a healthy 35-year-old mom, without any known risk factors, or a history of smoking.
I also feel very blessed that I’m able to bring the boys to be a part of this experience. They have never been to a football game, and the Bills are their favorite team. They couldn’t be more excited! This gift we’ve been given will build memories as a family we will never forget ❤️ ~ Kelly Shannon
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 Buffalo Bills, Marlon Kerner, NFL and all of our Team Draft supporters for helping make this event possible.