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October 2019

Survivor at Every Stadium: Los Angeles Rams

October 13 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Los Angeles, CA. City of Hope lung cancer surivor Tabitha Paccione and USC lung cancer survivor Mary Funaoka and their guests will represent Team Draft at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday. The group will watch the LA Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers with Rams Legend, and Team Draft co-founder, Chris Draft. 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…

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Survivor at Every Stadium: Carolina Panthers

October 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Charlotte, NC. Levine Cancer Institute lung cancer survivor Mike Smith and his wife Tanny represented Team Draft at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday. They watched the Carolina Panthers take on the Jacksonville Jaguars with Panther Legend, and Team Draft co-founder, Chris Draft. Cancer will not define me, but I will let it refine me. Live, love, laugh and breathe! ~ Mike Smith In 2012, we launched our inaugural Team Draft Survivor Series initiative on CNN during a nationally-televised prime…

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September 2019

Survivor at Every Stadium: Chicago Bears

September 29 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chicago, IL. University of Chicago lung cancer survivor Anita Ehlers represented Team Draft at Soldier Field on Sunday. Anita and her daughter, Lindsay, watched the Bears defeat the Minnesota Vikings. 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…

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Survivor at Every Stadium: Atlanta Falcons

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Atlanta, GA. ALK Positive lung cancer survivor Bill Westlake represented Team Draft at the Atlanta Falcons Legends Tailgate and Lisa James attended the game between the Falcons and Tennessee Titans. 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…

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Chicago Bears Alumni Reception

September 28 @ 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Chicago, IL. Local lung cancer survivor-advocate Nichelle Stigger joined our co-founder, Chris Draft, at his Chicago Bears Alumni Reception. Nichelle was able to share her story with some of the Chicago Bears Legends. At 32, I embarked on a second career—I love kids and was meant to be a teacher, so I got my master’s in education. That same year my son Parker was born, so I finished my classes online with a baby in tow. Juggling the two wouldn't…

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Survivor at Every College Stadium: Wisconsin Badgers

September 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Madison, WI. UW Carbone lung cancer survivors Dr. Michael Becker and Maureen Ellsworth represented Team Draft at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. The survivors watched the Wisconsin Badgers defeat the visiting Northwestern Wildcats. The group received a special invitation to join, Badger Legend and Heisman Trophy winner, Ron Dayne in his suite for the final quarter of the game. As an ALK positive survivor, I am grateful to have excellent care backed by the latest research at UW Carbone Cancer…

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Survivor at Every College Stadium: Stanford Cardinal

September 21 @ 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Stanford, CA. Stanford Cancer Institute lung cancer survivors Rick Meyer and Sheila Nelson will represent Team Draft at Stanford Stadium on Saturday. The survivors will attend a tailgate hosted by, CDFF Board member and Stanford Graduate, David Bergeron, prior to watching the Stanford Cardinal take on the Oregon Ducks. #FearTheTree #BayArea #changingthefaceoflungcancer Every day upright is a good day; being able to represent my Stanford treatment progress at a Stanford football game...it's a great day! ~ Sheila Nelson In 2012,…

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February 2019

Team Draft’s 5th Annual Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge

February 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Atlanta, GA. Team Draft’s fifth annual Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge kicked off on November 1, 2018. 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, Patty Watkins, Gina Hollenbeck and Jeff Meckstroth were announced on December 31, 2018. Patty Watkins represented Team Draft at Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta, GA, and the Taste…

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January 2019

Gina Hollenbeck is Heading to the 26th Annual Taste of the NFL

January 30 @ 12:00 pm - February 4 @ 5:00 pm

Memphis, TN. Lung cancer survivor Gina Hollenbeck and her husband Greg will represent Team Draft and The ALK Positive Group at the Taste of the NFL in Atlanta, GA on February 2, 2019. I was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in Oct. 2015. I was 38 years old, married with 2 young boys. I was shocked to find out I had lung cancer since I have never smoked and really had no risk factor what so ever. I was…

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Patty Watkins is Heading to Super Bowl 53 and the Taste of the NFL

January 28 @ 8:00 am - February 4 @ 5:00 pm

Atlanta, GA. Lung cancer survivor-advocate Patty Watkins, and her husband Kent, will represent Team Draft and National Lung Cancer Roundtable at Super Bowl 53 and the Taste of the NFL in Atlanta, GA. In 2014 my life changed overnight. Diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that had metastacized to my pericardium(surrounds heart)with no discernible symptoms but a little wheezing for a month. I was an extremely healthy and “in shape” 57 year old woman. Worked out 5x weeklywith my friends…

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