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 healty 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 remian in remission (also called NED/no evidence of disease) since completing 6 months of agressive rounds of chemo and radiation. I was getting scanned every 3 months for recurrence and now get scanned every 6 months.
After my diagnosis I was shocked by the awful survival rate, lack of funding for research 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 my wife Terry and "the girls" our two shizu's, 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 awarness and research dollars. Lung cancer has a high rate 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. It takes place at Cadman Plaza and is a fun and uplifting morning.
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.