On November 10, 2018, my family and I will be participating in the Greensboro LUNGe Forward 5K Run, Walk & Rally benefiting the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina.
It has been almost three years since I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I have received excellent care from a great team led by Dr. Jeff Petty at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. There have been several major breakthroughs in the treatment of lung cancer over the past few years, and I have been fortunate that I have had a great response to a new drug that received FDA approval in December 2015, right before I was diagnosed.
The Lung Cancer Initiative is the state’s leading non-profit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, and specializes in connecting patients, survivors and supporters with the medical and research community. The organization's mission is to save lives and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access to programs across North Carolina.
I hope that you will join our team--Alectric Youths (our team name is a play on the name of the drug, alectinib, that I am taking)--and run (or walk) the 5K with my family and me on November 10, 2018 (which happens to be my birthday). If you can't join us, then please consider making a donation to the Lung Cancer Initiative instead.
My understanding is that the good folks at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Moses Cone Hospital are engaged in a friendly competition to see which cancer center can draw the most team members and raise the most money. If WFBMC does not win, Dr. Petty is going to have to take a pie in the face, so please join us as a run/walk participant or a donor so that this doesn't happen!
Thank you so much for your support in raising money for the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, an organization that means so much to me and my family. We look forward to seeing you in Center City Park in downtown Greensboro on November 10th!