In early 2018, while pregnant with our son Brady, I was unimaginably diagnosed with Stage IV non small cell lung cancer. Sadly, living a healthy, active life did not protect me from this disease nor has it protected many others I have met since I was diagnosed. Lung cancer does not discriminate, attacking young and old, women and men, nonsmoker and smoker alike.
Luckily, tremendous strides have been made in diagnosing and treating advanced lung cancer in the past several years. Leading the charge is Dr. Ross Camidge, world renowned lung cancer oncologist, and his team at the University of Colorado Hospital. Dr. Camidge and his staff combine expert treatment, individually tailored to the patient, with cutting edge research, resulting in a five year lung cancer survival rate at UC Health which is four times the national average.
My family and I have hope that continued advancements in therapies will transform lung cancer from a death sentence to a chronic disease, allowing people like me to live longer, productive and satisfying lives. I may never be ”cured” of lung cancer, but with daily targeted drugs and radiation therapy when resistant spots occur, I hope to manage my lung cancer for many years to come. To see our children reach double digits, graduate from high school and college and and reach adulthood. These dreams that I and so many others like me have can only come true with new innovations, supported by research at institutions like UC Health.
My resolve to fight lung cancer, increasing awareness of the magnitude of the disease and raising funds for research extends far beyond my own life and family. I am motivated by many others I have met in person and through social media nationally and internationally, whose stories mirror my own. I sincerely hope that in the future, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters will be spared the heartache, pain and uncertainty those of us living with lung cancer experience.
Links for Lungs
My family’s fight to conquer lung cancer began in 2018 with the inception of our fundraising golf tournament, Links for Lungs. Much to our surprise and extreme gratitude, tournaments in 2018 and 2019 sold out and raised over $300,000 with the help of sponsors, golfers, silent auction bids, and generous donations.
Please once again, join us on our journey by supporting Links for Lungs. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lung Cancer Colorado Fund, which funds lung cancer research at the University of Colorado or other organizations supporting cutting edge research that brings us one step closer to ridding the world of this deadly disease.