Help me increase lung cancer survival!
It is that time of year again! I will be participating in the 2020 Free to Breathe Walk and raising funds to increase the odds of surviving lung cancer. Please help me reach my fundraising goal and donate today!
A few years ago, I was lucky enough to become friends with a man who was a health nut, passionate teacher, and fun loving, all-around great guy who gave off nothing but positive vibes. He was the guy who had a giggle that made you giggle. You know what I mean...and I can see you smiling right now!
A special group of friends and I travelled to AZ any chance we got to spend time hiking, laughing, eating at our favorite restaurants, cruising around in golf carts, and soaking in the much needed rays! Those trips and those friendships were the absolute best!
Fast forward a few years...while sitting in a doctor's office, due to battling cancer myself, I got a text message...a picture of a scan of lungs...with a huge area of one lung circled and the caption of "could be fluid...or could be something else..." And, that's where the journey started. That's when we realized how much those positive vibes were going to have to be returned to the person who gave them to us so often. It was our turn to bring the positivity and support.
Jonathan was diagnosed with an advanced stage of lung cancer and once again, we were jumping on a plane to AZ to do what we could. Long hours at the Mayo Clinic were followed by long hours of not understanding how our friend, our "healthy as a horse" friend, our friend who never smoked and put us all to shame in the gym (minus leg day- he skipped that one :)) could be diagnosed with this awful disease; he was fighting the battle of his life.
He continued to fight the good fight and we were there right along with him; no matter what was thrown at him and what the odds where that were stacked against him, he kept his composure, positivity, and humor...man did he make us laugh... all the way until the end.
July 30...the day before my birthday...the suffering was over and he started painting the sky, becoming one of our most special angels. We would give anything to hear his voice one more time, or hear his giggle, or completely not listen to any rules at the pool and go down the tube slide just one more time. (I am so glad I have that on video!)
We can't do that, but we can keep his memory alive by raising awareness so that no other group of friends has to go through that at the age of 33.
Your donation helps fund lifesaving lung cancer research focused on making surviving lung cancer the expectation, not the exception; we want to work to get a new treatment that could possibly save the other "Jonathan's" out there. We all 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.
I would love for you to join me on event day, and for you to even make your own fundraising page! Let's grow this team and awareness!
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