Join Team Hope!
As “Team Hope,” Christie Malnati, Sandy Shea and Kathy Weber are partnering with the International Lung Cancer (ILC) Foundation and competing in the Team Draft Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge 2020 to raise money for lung cancer research. The team is focusing specifically on early detection, which has been shown to significantly reduce lung cancer mortality and has the potential to make a major impact on a disease that remains the world’s most common form of cancer (1).
Team Hope’s fundraising will be geared toward research into an alternative test to detect lung cancer at an earlier and far more treatable stage. The funds it raises will be donated to the ILC Foundation, whose mission is to fund the research of the most promising young investigators in the field. By working together, they are hoping to raise $50,000, which will fund a Foundation fellowship focusing on research related to early detection.
Your support can make a world of difference toward raising awareness, advancing research, easing suffering and creating hope for those affected by this disease. Donate today and help these three extraordinary women reach their goal, fund more research and create a world where no one dies from lung cancer.
About Team Hope:
Prior to their diagnoses, Kathy, Christie and Sandy were working jobs they loved, enjoying time with their families and staying active. Each of them was blindsided by the development of their lung cancer. But each of them would also be the first to tell you how lucky they are. All three women were fortunate enough to have their cancers caught at stage 1a - a remarkable stroke of good luck. Most lung cancers are diagnosed at a later stage, when the disease is generally far more difficult to treat, and the likelihood of survival drops precipitously.
For Kathy, Christie and Sandy, their lung cancer diagnoses have also had a silver lining. It has brought them greater appreciation for the fleeting and fragile nature of life, as well as the meaningful cause of lung cancer advocacy. Kathy Weber, for instance, became involved with the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) following her diagnosis, raising money for its ILC Foundation by participating in the Super Bowl Challenge in 2016 and later serving on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. And Christie Malnati joined the American Lung Association Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. to lobby Congress for more research funding, while also serving on the IASLC’s Patient Advocacy Committee for a three-year term.
About ILC Foundation:
The International Lung Cancer Foundation has a goal to accelerate the pace of thoracic malignancy research and to reduce the lung cancer mortality rate. As a result, every dollar given to the Foundation is dedicated to research and education.
By funding fellowships, the ILC Foundation helps educate the next generation of lung cancer physicians and scientists who will continue to discover new diagnostics and treatments.
About Team Draft:
Team Draft 6th annual Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge kicked off on November 1, 2019. This unique fund-raising challenge gives lung cancer survivors the opportunity to raise funds for public awareness and cutting-edge research that is giving new hope to those battling this often-misunderstood disease. The top three fundraisers will be announced on December 30, 2019.
The survivors will have an opportunity to share their powerful stories with key individuals with influence from across the country.
The lung cancer survivors that raise over $5,000 will be able to designate a beneficiary (Cancer Center or LC Organization) that will receive 90% of their raised funds (-fees) and the remaining 10% will support Team Draft’s mission to change the face of lung cancer.