East Rutherford, NJ. Bronx, NY lung cancer survivor-advocate Abraham Almanza will represent Team Draft at the MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Abraham and his wife, Yolanda, will watch the New York Giants take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Commissioners Suite. #GoG-Men #changingthefaceoflungcancer #lcsm
This year (2019), I celebrated 20 years since being diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at the age of 15 years old.
I never imagined I would be married and have two children today – back then I just wanted to survive and make it to the next day.
I’m truly honored and privileged to represent lung cancer survivors for Team Draft at the NY Giants game this Sunday. ~ Abraham Almanza
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.
Our 6th annual Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge kicked off on November 1, 2019. The Challenge will conclude on December 30th at 3amEST. This unique fund raising challenge gives lung cancer survivors the opportunity to raise funds for public awareness and cutting-edge research that is giving new hope to those battling this often misunderstood disease. The top three fundraisers, announced on December 30, 2019, will earn trips to the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and the Taste of the NFL.
The survivors earned the opportunity to share their powerful stories with key individuals with influence from across the country.
The lung cancer survivors that raise over $5,000 will be able to designate a beneficiary (Cancer Center or LC Organization) that will receive 90% of their raised funds (-fees) and the remaining 10% will support Team Draft’s mission to change the face of lung cancer.
Special thanks to the Roger Goodell, Astra Zeneca, the NFL and all of our Team Draft supporters for helping make this event possible.