Help improve lung cancer outcomes in honor of Pedro Villalobos!
Through the Lung Cancer Research Foundation's Kites for a Cure, I'm raising funds to help those with lung cancer live longer, better lives. Please help me reach my fundraising goal and donate today.
Pedro passed from lung cancer on December 10, 2018. This was almost 11 months after his initial diagnosis. Although he had been a social smoker in his twenties, he had quit smoking completely by his thirties-over thirty years ago. He was active and healthy except for a nagging cough at the time of his diagnosis. He had suffered from allergies for most of his adult life so he chalked up the coughing to that. By the time he went to the ER for shortness of breath, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. By February 2018, he started chemo and took it like a true warrior. He continued to go to his office every day and only took days off for chemo. He didn't let cancer win at any moment, he always had a smile and a joke in his pocket. By June, his tumors had shrunk and he was feeling great. He was doing so great he decided to fulfill one of his dreams of going to Machu Picchu. He was cleared by all his doctors to travel abroad and he successfully completed a trip to Peru and Ecuador with his wife and closest friends. As September came around, the chemo stopped working and tumors started to grow so we chose to start targeted treatment. By November, the treatment had made him weaker and did not help stop the growth. As we started to explore new options, he was hospitalized on December 7th. It was discovered that tumors were covering most of a lung and he was relying on just one lung to breath. We were told we should make arrangements with hospice but he insisted he wanted to keep fighting. Despite his efforts to keep fighting, he passed on December 10th.
Although there is no cure for lung cancer, there is hope for treatments that can make stage 4 cancer a chronic disease rather than a death sentence. With the right treatment, Pedro could have lived to see his 65th birthday, his 35th wedding anniversary, his granddaughter's second birthday and his daughters' milestones. Your donation helps fund lifesaving lung cancer research and education programs focused on making surviving lung cancer the expectation, not the exception. 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.
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