Help me improve lung cancer outcomes!
As many of you know, in June 2017 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Being in the best shape of my life and an otherwise very healthy person - this was the last thing I ever expected. Of all cancers, lung cancer is the deadliest: more women die of it annually than from breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers combined.
A few weeks after diagnosis, I tested positive for the ALK+ gene mutation, a rare type of lung cancer typically found among younger non-smokers like myself. Thanks to the medical advances of the past decade, I’m keeping the cancer suppressed for now with a targeted therapy that blocks the gene from signaling. Unfortunately, these drugs only last for a period of time before the cancer returns and mutates. Longer-term survival is dependent on continued advances in medical research to develop newer, better treatments. I will be participating in the Lung Cancer Research Foundation's 2019 Brooklyn Free to Breathe Walk and raising funds to improve outcomes for those affected by lung cancer. I am alive and doing well due to incredible advances in research. This research is crucial in extending our lives, so we never have to face a situation where our doctors are out of options to keep our cancer at bay.
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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