Buffalo, NY. Western New York lung cancer survivors Colleen Ziegler and Ken Schlosser represented Team Draft at New Era Field on Sunday. Colleen and Ken watched the Buffalo Bills defeat the visiting Washington Redskins, with Team Draft co-founder, and Bills Legend, Chris Draft. #ONEBUFFALO
November is a time where we wind down the year and prepare for the holidays yet many of us strive to find improved treatments, increased funding and even a cure for lung cancer along with other cancers such as Pancreatic, Stomach and Carcinoid which are also part of this month’s cancer awareness. So, in my case with no known risk factors and having never smoked nor been around smokers all coupled with no symptoms my advanced stage 4 lung cancer (since March 2019) was a shock. I am blessed that my unique ALK gene mutation has an approved targeted oral chemotherapy with minimal side effects and is reducing my tumors. This has allowed me to live a full life working full-time and volunteering for various organizations. I hope to pay my blessings forward, being part of the cancer team making this a chronic disease and forestalling its terminal nature. ~ Ken Schlosser
In 2012, we launched our inaugural Team Draft 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, Jeremy Kelley, the NFL and all of our Team Draft supporters for helping make this event possible.