Thursday, February 5, 2015

Changing the Face of Lung Cancer - Super Bowl Style

Well, the Super Bowl is over and since I came in 3rd in Team Draft's Super Bowl Challenge, I got to attend so many Super Bowl festivities, including the Taste of the NFL.  It was a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about lung cancer and Team Draft while making new friends and having an amazing time.

We were able to attend a St Jude's reception, NFL wives fashion show reception, NFL experience, Tour of the stadium, Radio Row, and the Taste of the NFL.  Oh yeah, we got to meet a great family, Lucy, Paul, and superstar baby Cady!!

At Radio Row, we had the privilege of meeting Andy Dalton, quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals and current pro-bowler.   I was able to speak with him for a while to tell him my story and he was so kind to listen and retweet about Team Draft.  He's an awesome guy.

I met so many people at the events, it was hard to keep up.  I wanted to share Team Draft's mission with everyone at the Taste of the NFL.  So, I was on a mission myself.

The first person I really spoke with was Miss Arizona.  She is such a lovely lady and offered to help in any way she could.

Once making our way into the event, which is an event to help feed the hungry, I was very determined to spread the word about the work Team Draft does and about lung cancer in general.

ANYONE can get lung cancer.  Repeat: ANYONE can get lung cancer.  Most of the people I spoke with were unaware of this fact.  They were also unaware that lung cancer causes more cancer deaths in women than breast cancer.  Why?  Hmmmm...someone isn't doing their job in the cancer community.

But, being a representative for Team Draft was so wonderful.  I got to meet so many great people that really listened and wanted to help us by joining Team Draft and to help us change the way people see lung cancer.

I really got to talk to the following people at length while in Arizona and am so grateful they took the time to listen to my story: Joe Buck, Jim Nantz, Chester Pitts II (although I know he prefers Mr. Pitts), Kira Kazantsev (Miss America), Richie Brockel (reminded me to eat), Tim Tebow, the "Gridiron Griller", Davin Joseph, Alexa Rogers (Miss Arizona), Bubba Baker, Andy Dalton, and so many more!

Thank you all for helping us share that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer among men and women, anyone at any age can get it, and it is grossly underfunded.  If you ever want to give money for lung cancer, some great organizations are Team Draft, Bonnie J Addario, Free to Breathe, and  Lungevity, or even your local lung cancer research institution.  These organizations make sure your money goes into the right hands, not the hands of a CEO.

Once again, thank you Team Draft and the NFL for giving us the opportunity to raise awareness and have fun doing it.

And FYI people - a lot of articles came out today claiming that lung cancer just surpassed breast cancer as number one cancer killer in women.   Yeah, in 1987 that happened.  It also claims that 70 year old wealthy women who smoked are the ones getting and dying from lung cancer.   I just want to clarify that I am 35, was diagnosed at 33, and most of my lung cancer friends are under the age of 40.  So thank you to these articles that have tried to destroy all the work we've been doing to end the stigma attached to lung cancer and change the picture everyone thinks of when they think of lung cancer (in my most sarcastic voice possible).

Thank you all for your continuous prayers and support.  I was so blessed to have been able to go to Arizona and try to help.  I thank God for all of this time He has given me, and He will always have the credit for my blessings.

Lots of photos from Arizona:

1 John 3:2
"Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."

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