Thank you so much for visiting my page to learn more about why I've signed up for the Lung Force walk. As some of you may know, I was diagnosed with Lung cancer March 6, 2019. I'm lucky because I've been healthy my whole life. I regulary exercise and maintain a pretty healthy diet overall. So when I found out I had lung cancer, I was shocked and devastated. Leading up to my diagnosis, I thought I simply pulled a muscle in my back from tennis. I am so thankful for my primary care doctor because I believe she saved my life by ordering a chest x-ray. That's how it all started.
Fast forward 5 months and I am playing tennis again and running with my dog Rocket. I was extremely lucky that I caught it early. That being said, there is NOT enough awareness out there for lung cancer which often presents with no symptoms in the early stage. We need to spread the word, raise awarenes of the disease and increase funding for more research.
Very often, people think that only smokers get lung cancer and that's not the case. Did you know that ANYONE can get lung cancer? In the last 39 years, the rate of new lung cancer cases has fallen 29 percent among men while increasing 102 percent among women. Lung cancer is the number 1 killer of all cancers yet it is the least funded. What is happening here? Your donation will help support the American Lung Association's research innovation, which leads to early detection for all and better treatments that give everyone a fighting chance.
I'm really looking forward to this event and I greatly appreciate your support. I'm walking in memory of John, Mary, Jim and Felicia.