Team Steele was founded in 2008 in honor the late G. Fred Steele, Jr.
Thank you very much for joining Team Steele and supporting our very worthy cause. Whether you are an event partcipant, a volunteer, or a donor, every single dollar counts, and together we can and will make a lifesaving impact!
Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer deaths. More people die from lung cancer than breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer combined. Every day 433 men and women die from this scourge of a disease. Yet it is dwarfed in federal cancer research funding and charitable contributions.
In 1987, lung cancer claimed my Dad at the young age of 58. There were scant treatment options and an advanced stage lung cancer diagnosis was a death sentence. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments merely extended lives by months not years. Here we are 31 years later, and we are finally witnessing major steps forward in the war against cancer. The advent of immunotherapy, personalized genetically targeted treatment programs, noninvasive stereotactic radiosurgery, and a nearly full pipeline of new oncology drugs have created a great deal of optimism among researchers, survivors and their families, medical clinicians, and advocates like myself and my wife JoAnn.
JoAnn and I are both cancer survivors (breast, melanoma) but we have chosen to focus our energy and resources as lung cancer advocates. Initially we did so in honor of my Dad. However, a review of federal cancer research funding by type of cancer pointed to the glaring disparity in the allocation of funding and resources for lung cancer. It was an obvious choice.
Please spread the word about our organization and events with your family and friends. The sooner we close the funding gap, the sooner we will make breakthroughs and save hundreds of thousands of lives.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Center City Park, Greensboro. If you can't be there, you can still make a difference by donating online.
Again, thank you for your support.
Bob and JoAnn Steele
The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is the state’s leading nonprofit organization supporting lung cancer research, education, and patient access to services. We specialize in connecting patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community.