I am a 5 year lung cancer survivor. My mother died of lung cancer at age 82 and 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 after a bike fall found the unrelated lung cancer.
I was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer with a median survival of 4-10 months and a 5% chance of surviving 5 years. I expected my life to soon be over. After completing 6 months of aggressive treatment I was in remission (called NED/No Evidence of Disease) for 4 years until my cancer recurred earlier this year. I recently had half of my lung surgically removed and again am NED. After my diagnosis I was shocked at the awful survival rate and lack of funding for research due to the stigma attached to smoking. It is not well understood that if you have lungs, you can get lung cancer.
I continue to run, bike, live life fully with my wife Terry, practice my strong Catholic faith and I have committed myself to a mission to help change the face of lung cancer. I help raise funds for research, am a Lifeline Support Mentor for others recently diagnosed with lung cancer and as an advocate and lobbyist meet with legislators at Capital Hill to advocate for early screening, general awareness and research dollars.
On October 20, 2019 we will be holding the Lung Cancer Research Foundation's Brooklyn Free to Breathe Walk. It takes place at Cadman Plaza and is a fun and uplifting morning. Together we can make a difference for each and every person whose life has been touched by lung cancer.
Here are three ways you can join help me to making this vision a reality:
- JOIN ME on TEAM FRANK on the day of the event. There is NO FEE to register.
- Make a DONATION. Any amount helps and is most appreciated.
- Spread the word about our fundraising efforts by sending the link to this webpage to everyone you know
The money we raise together will fund vital research and patient programs that will save lives. On event day, our team will have fun together, but the real reward is that we're raising funds that will save lives. You can help us bring hope to those affected by lung cancer.
Please donate today and invite a friend to do the same. If you can join our team for the event, we’d love to have you! We can’t wait to celebrate our successes with you on event day.