This fact has always hit me hard: lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women and men. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
I spent the last two years working each day with patients battling lung cancer and that experience brought a whole new awareness into my life. I was overwhelmed with inspiration as I watched patients and their families persist through their battle and for some, was fortunate to witness their eventual conquering of cancer. It was truly a special experience. While those days allowed me to head home with a smile and feeling of fulfillment, there were also the days of defeat, loss and sadness. The days when patients were out of options, and I watched families experience true heartbreak. Because of the latter, research and lung health awareness are more important than ever.
My work has now influenced my path and as I embark on my journey to becoming a physician assistant those patients and their experiences continue to motivate me.
In particular, I am running in honor of Bobby "LR 0065", who showed optimism and humor throughout his own battle and inspired me to incorporate joy into all aspects of my life.
I'm also running in honor of a dear friend's father who I was fortunate enough to meet this past summer during his courageous battle with lung cancer. He was truly one of the most impressionable people I have ever met and I am comforted knowing he and his many attributes live on through his amazing children and network of friends.
By joining or making a donation to our team, you will be contributing to the ongoing efforts of improving and saving precious lives.
Together, we are a force to be reckoned with.