Welcome to My Fundraising Page For Team Frank
I am a 4 year (and counting) lung cancer survivor. My mother died of lung cancer at age 82. At age 62 I was shocked when I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I had no symptoms and was a very healthy life-long avid/competitive runner, cyclist and triathlete. I never considered myself at risk for lung cancer. A CT scan to check for injuries from a bike fall found the unrelated lung cancer.
I had an inoperable tumor in my upper left lung, non-small cell adenocarcinoma, stage IIIB which had spread in lymph nodes to my neck. With a median survival of 4-10 months and 5% chance of surviving 5 years I expected my life to soon be over. By the grace of God I am still in remission (also called NED/no evidence of disease) since completing my treatment with agressive rounds of chemo and radiation. I was getting scanned every 3 months to watch for recurrence and am now scanned every 6 months.
After my diagnosis I was shocked by the awful survival rate, lack of funding for research largely due to the stigma attached to smoking and poor understanding by the general public and government about the disease. It is especially not understood that anyone can get lung cancer. If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer.
I continue to run, bike, live life fully with Terry and "the girls" Demi and Maria, practice my catholic faith and I have committed myself to a mission to change the face of this disease. I help raise funds for research and as a political advocate I have met with legislators at Capital Hill to advocate for early screening, general awareness and research dollars. Lung cancer has a very high risk of recurrence, but as long as I remain a statistical improbability my mission is to make surviving lung cancer an expectation not an exception.
On October 21, 2018 we will be holding the Lung Cancer Research Foundation's Brooklyn Free to Breathe Walk Event. It takes place at Cadman Plaza, and is a fun and uplifting morning.
-register for the event and join me. There is NO FEE to register.
-suport my fundraising efforts by making a donation.
-volunteer to help at the event (contact me)
-spread the word about my fundraising efforts by sending the link to my fundraising web page to everyone you know
Thank you in advance for your support. Together we can make a difference for each and every person whose life has been touched by lung cancer.
The Lung Cancer Research Foundation's Free to Breathe events program, including this event and many others like it around the country, unites people who are passionate about improving the lives of each and every person affected by lung cancer. It’s more than an athletic challenge. It’s more than a day of awareness. This is my opportunity to make the world a better place through my fundraising efforts. And it’s your opportunity to help restore hope to those faced with a lung cancer diagnosis!
If you think this page contains objectionable content, please inform the system administrator.