Charlotte, NC. Greenville, SC lung cancer survivor Rick Owens and Neil Caesar will join, Team Draft co-founder and former Carolina Panther, Chris Draft at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, Christmas Eve. The survivors will watch the Carolina Panthers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rick and Neil assumed the leadership of the Greenville, SC lung cancer survivors support group, after the passing of its founder, Dan Powell. They have stayed committed to the original mission of the group, laid out by Dan at its inception, to provide information and support for Upstate South Carolina lung cancer survivors.
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 Carolina Panthers, St. Francis Bon Secours Cancer Center, Greenville Health System, NFL and all of our Team Draft supporters for helping make this event possible.