Charlotte, NC. Raleigh lung cancer survivor-advocate Nicole Russell and Greenville Health lung cancer survivor-advocate Rick Owens represented Team Draft at Bank of America Stadium. The survivors had dinner at Pike’s before heading to the stadium to watch the Carolina Panthers beat on the New Orleans Saints during Thursday Night Football.
Being able to represent Team Draft at this game during Lung Cancer Awareness Month means that I get to show how we can live with lung cancer and how hopeful we are about the future of Lung Cancer. Getting my face out to the public to show them that the stigma is incorrect is so important, I can show them that young people are being diagnosed more and more, make others aware, that all you need is lungs, to get lung cancer!
In 2012, we, Team Draft, launched our inaugural Survivor at Every Stadium 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.
Leveraging our connections with the NFL, its teams and players and our relationships with many of the top cancer centers in the country, As part of our National Campaign, this celebration of survivorship raises lung cancer awareness, gives hope to those battling the disease, and shines 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.
We kicked off our 3rd Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge on November 1st, 2016, which will build on the success of our established Survivor Series by using the games at the heart of that initiative to create buzz for the Super Bowl Challenge and, in turn, funds for research and awareness.
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Special thanks to the Carolina Panthers, Riley Fields, Duke Health Raleigh, Dr. Garst and our Team Draft supporters for helping make this experience possible.