BENEFITING: CHRIS DRAFT FAMILY FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: Tackling Lung
Help the Dan Powell Warriors raise funds for the Upstate Lung Cancer Support Group at Bon Secours St. Francis Cancer Center.
DEADLINE TO GIVE: FEB 8th
The Fundraising Teams that raise more the $1,000 will be able to designate a beneficiary for 50% of their funds raised.
Dan placed 2nd in Team Draft's 2015 Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge and attended the NFL Pro Bowl with fellow Greenville, SC lung cancer survivor Rick Owens.
“Going to the Pro Bowl was a dream come true. In January 2014, I was fighting for my life with the stage IV lung cancer diagnosis. We have incredible support from my friends, family, my church, support groups, and cutting-edge treatment from St. Francis Cancer Center. I’ve learned through my cancer experience and support from Team Draft ‘anything is possible and to never give up!”, said Powell.
Dan Powell knew the importance of his support network, so together with St. Francis Oncology nurse, Amy Fuller, he co-founded the Upstate's first Lung Cancer Support Group.
Dan believed every lung cancer survivor, in the Upstate, should be educated and supported at the highest level during their journey with lung cancer.
Unfortunately Dan passed away at the end of 2015, but his legacy continues in the work of the Upstate Lung Cancer Support Group.
**The Upstate Lung Cancer Support Group is funded through the Dusty Joy Foundation, INC. (www.dustyjoy.org)
Team Draft’s 2016 Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge winners have been selected, but the fundraising Challenge will continue until to the Super Bowl, February 7, 2016.
The winners, and other Challenge participants that raise over $1,000 will still be able to designate a beneficiary for 50% of their funds raised.
“The survivors can pick Team Draft to be their beneficiary, but we understand that it takes a team to tackle lung cancer, so we have given them a chance to choose their local cancer research centers or lung cancer organizations too.”
The Super Bowl Challenge participants are a part of a friendly competition, with the top fundraisers awarded trips to Super Bowl 50, the NFL Pro-Bowl and the Taste of the NFL. The winners, Kimberly Ringen, Kathy Weber, and Elizabeth Dessureault, announced on January 4, 2016, will have an opportunity, just like the 2015 winners, to share their powerful stories with key individuals with influence from across the country.
The Super Bowl Challenge presents a unique opportunity to use the overwhelming media coverage surrounding the Super Bowl as a platform to raise critical public awareness about lung cancer on an international level. A comprehensive public relations and media campaign using the game as a backdrop will allow us to talk about the true nature and state of lung cancer in a context in which such subjects are not ordinarily discussed and in front of a broad and varied audience that might not otherwise be exposed to stories about lung cancer or the important work being done in research facilities and cancer centers across the country to fight the disease.
It takes a team to tackle cancer, and we are pleased to invite you to join Team Draft in our fight to raise lung cancer awareness by taking part in this exclusive fundraising challenge!
Team Draft, an initiative of the Chris Draft Family Foundation, is dedicated to raising lung cancer awareness and increasing badly needed research funding by shattering the misconception that lung cancer is a "smoker's disease." The fact is, anybody can get lung cancer. Yet, despite the fact that between 20,000 and 30,000 people who have never smoked—including Keasha Rutledge Draft—are diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States each year, the smoking stigma negatively impacts lung cancer research funding, which pales in comparison to funding for other major cancers and diseases. Team Draft is out to change all that. "If we can take away the stigma that says you have to be a smoker to get lung cancer, we have a real chance to educate people about the true nature of the disease," explains Draft.
Since Chris and Keasha launched Team Draft at their wedding in November of 2011, Team Draft has been on a mission to tackle cancer. Team Draft’s national campaign to raise public awareness and share the hope that now exists for those diagnosed with the disease has taken it to over 70 of the top cancer research and treatment facilities in North America.
"Our hope is not only to positively impact research funding, but to improve the quality of life for those affected by lung cancer," says Draft. “We aren’t fighting against lung cancer, we're fighting for people. That’s why we are leading this national campaign to change the face of lung cancer." The Facts About Lung Cancer: For decades, the facts regarding lung cancer have been sobering:
Anyone can get lung cancer.
Over 60% of lung cancers are diagnosed in people who never smoked or in former smokers.
Lung cancer surpassed breast cancer as the #1 cancer killer for women in 1987.
Lung cancer kills more people than any other cancer, and takes more lives than breast, cervical, and prostate cancers... combined.
The five year survival rate for lung cancer is just 17.8% - a rate that has changed very little since the 1970's.
But now there is HOPE! The use of state-of-the-art lung cancer screening techniques is reducing mortality rates by 20% in some patient groups# while cutting-edge team-based, multidisciplinary treatment procedures are improving the quality of life for lung cancer patients across the country. And thanks to advances in molecular tumor mutation testing, researchers and treating physicians are developing effective personal lung cancer treatments designed to extent and, ultimately, save lives. The key to making even greater strides is funding, but funding for lung cancer research is impacted by the “smoker’s disease” stigma. That’s why Team Draft is campaigning to change the face of lung cancer.
About The Chris Draft Family Foundation and Team Draft
The Chris Draft Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to strengthening communities by empowering families to live healthy lifestyles. The Foundation focuses on several initiatives with overarching themes that stress the importance of education, healthy lifestyles, character development, personal responsibility, self-discipline, and physical fitness. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit www.chrisdraftfamilyfoundation.org.
Through its Team Draft initiative, the Foundation is carrying on Keasha’s fight to tackle cancer by promoting awareness, research, and scholarship and to save lives by changing the face of lung cancer. Team Draft is dedicated to raising awareness, accelerating research for a cure, and giving hope, comfort, and inspiration to the patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers who are battling the disease every day. To learn more about Team Draft, share your story, and respond and donate, please visit www.teamdraft.org. You can follow the national campaign to change the face of lung cancer on our blog at www.thedraftreport.net, and don’t forget to "Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamDraft.