Research saves lives - like mine!
I am alive and thriving today directly because of the advances and discoveries of medical treatments and research developments for those of us who have been afflicted with lung cancer. Below is a letter which not only details my story but gives insight into the important work of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. Together we can WIN The Day, every day, and provide encouragement and hope for each and every one of us.
Your donation helps fund life-changing lung cancer research and education programs focused on improving outcomes for those affected by this disease. You have the power to give families hope when a loved one is facing a lung cancer diagnosis.
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity. Together, we can make a difference for each and every person whose life has been touched by lung cancer.
Hope comes in the form of new research, thanks to you!
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It wasn’t a hacking cough. It was more like a tickle … a need to clear my throat when talking. But what seemed so small and insignificant turned into a battle of a lifetime for me.
It was the summer of 2016 and I was only in my mid-fifties when I went for a chest x-ray. They found two liters of fluid in my left lung, and I was quickly diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.
It was so advanced, it had spread to other areas, including my leg and hip bones.
Needless to say, I was shocked. As a personal trainer, I was fit and healthy. I didn’t smoke and I had no environmental factors that would increase my chances of lung cancer.
So it made sense that testing showed the cancer was genetic and I began treatment with a first line drug for genetic cancer. I also had two weeks of daily radiation on my left thigh to prevent the largest bone in my body from weakening.
I wish I could say it helped. But it didn’t...
By November, I was a shadow of my former self. I had no appetite or energy, and I lost 25 pounds. When training my clients, I had to lie down afterward to muster up enough energy to walk back to my car. My family feared I wouldn’t even make it to Christmas.
It was a scary time, especially when scans in November showed the cancer had spread further. Honestly, I could have lost my life if it weren’t for the advances made by research into lung cancer.
And that’s why I’m writing to you asking you to support the Lung Cancer Research Foundation today. Your gift can make an incredible impact on lifesaving research. Like the research that saved my life...
As my condition worsened, it turned out there was a new drug, only recently approved, which targeted my cancer’s specific gene mutation. There was a chance it could help me. I started it on December 5, 2016. The change was so dramatic, it was like a switch was flipped somewhere!
I kept training my clients at the gym, and soon I felt like I could do a little bit of exercise for myself. Shortly after that, I had enough strength to do a full workout. From there, my appetite and weight went back up, and so did my energy levels.
Today I’m healthy. My scans don’t light up with cancer anymore. And I embrace the platform I’ve been given. I help fundraise through LCRF’s walks. I also take any opportunity I can to remind people that they only need to have lungs to be able to get lung cancer. It doesn’t just happen to smokers.
Every day I say a silent thank-you for the drug that gave me my life back. And the research behind it... because if I’d developed cancer even two years earlier, that drug wouldn’t have been available to me. I wouldn’t be here today.
So, I’m proud to support the Lung Cancer Research Foundation because they’re saving and extending lives by funding research for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer.
They are the leading nonprofit dedicated to lung cancer research and those impacted by it. They have funded hundreds of research grants and are committed to a future with no more lung cancer!
And I’m equally proud of people like you, who support LCRF and make all this funding possible. Thank you for fighting lung cancer!
Lung cancer survivor
P.S. Your donation dollars are a lifeline for people like me. Please join me in keeping up the support!
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