Chicago, IL. University of Chicago Cancer Center lung cancer survivor-advocate Kristal Russo and her husband, Charlie, represented Team Draft at Soldier Field on Sunday. The Russos joined Bears Alumni on the field prior to the start of the game before watching the Bears play their best game of the season. #MonstersoftheMidway #BearDown #changingthefaceoflungcancer
What a great day! Thank you Chris Draft for sharing your Chicago Bear Alumni weekend with us. You have done so much advocating for lung cancer and dedicating yourself to helping raise awareness. ~ Kristal Russo
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 Chicago Bears, Matt Simeone, University of Chicago Cancer Center, the NFL and all of our Team Draft supporters for helping make this event possible.