Los Angeles, CA. City of Hope lung cancer survivor-advocate Corey Wood represented Team Draft at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Christmas Eve. Corey, her Mom, and Team Draft co-founder and former Ram, Chris Draft, watched the LA Rams lose a close game to their Northern California rival, San Francisco 49ers.
Corey Wood is a native of Yorba Linda, CA, attended Esperanza High School in Anaheim, CA and graduated from Cal Berkeley.
Just two weeks after graduating from UC Berkeley, I was walking down a street in San Francisco when I received an unexpected, almost inconceivable, phone call.
“Corey, you have adenocarcinoma. You need to see the doctor tomorrow.”
I googled the foreign word – “The most common form of lung cancer.” At the time, I barely knew the difference between benign and malignant.
I’ve never smoked.
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 lung cancer 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.
We kicked off our 3rd Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge on November 1st, 2016, which builds 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 Los Angeles Rams, Molly Higgins, Astra Zeneca, Wilmot Family, and all of our Team Draft supporters for helping make this event possible.