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Lung cancer is a disease I take personally. Two years ago, on August 8, 2016, I was diagnosed with lung cancer – for the second time. I first heard those devastating words, “you have cancer” when I was just 44 years old. At 55, I once again had to rally through my fear and work with my doctors to create a treatment plan to save my life.
Again, I had to face this disease, which had taken my mother’s life in 2011. I am happy to share that after receiving radiation, I am once again cancer free. Unfortunately, most people who receive a lung cancer diagnosis are not so lucky. Only 17% of all lung cancer patients live 5 years from their diagnosis. My extended family is well aware of this sobering fact – 4 of my aunts and uncles are currently battling this disease as well.
Will you please support me as I fundraise for Ride Hard Breathe Easy? My personal fundraising goal is $10,000, The money raised will go to The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Lung Cancer Alliance and will focus on improving access to quality screening and care, accelerating more personalized research and treatments, and educating to end the stigma associated with lung cancer.
Together we can make a difference! Best - Terri Ann