Joe Thomas Cameo Enouragement Dec 2019

This is so freaking cool!I  received my Joe Thomas Cameo today.  I requested encouragement for my Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge. 

I've watched this enough today I've lost count.  It  smilemakes me every time.  😁


Cyber Monday Discount Giving Tuesday Purpose

Cyber Monday:

UPDATE: Use prmo coade GIVING10 for 10% discount.  Expires 12/7/19.
Peace Lungs & CLE shirts are available.  Place your order today.  Your Cyber Monday Promo Code is:CYBER10 Offer expires on Tuesday Dec 3, 2019. Click on a shirt or HERE to order.  All proceeds will be donated to the Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge.


Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is coming. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge.

90% of funds go to life saving lung cancer research. 10% will help Team Draft continue their mission of changing the face of lung cancer with awareness and #survivorship and
providing lung cancer patients, survivors and their families exciting, memorable  moments away from medical appointments, cancer centers and living with lung cancer.

Your donation, of any amount,  may provide the funds needed to research or develop a new lung cancer  treatment. It will brighten my day, put a smile on my face and could possibly provide me with a trip to Super Bowl LIV, the Pro Bowl or the Taste of the NFL. These trips are awarded to the top three fundraisers. As I post this, I am currently in second place, only by a hair.  All three trips would be a trip to Florida in the middle of winter.  I would love some fun in the sun.

The Super Bowl Challenge has given me a focus with an obtainable goal, high but obtainable.  After the past couple years and recent months of recovering from personal devastation and difficult times, the challenge is a wonderful distraction with a possible outcome of a reward and trip away from my everyday reality, challenges and hurdles with lung cancer, progressive brain disease and recovering from a hemorrhagic stroke.

Please donate, share my fundraiser link with everyone
and put positive thoughts, prayers and energy into the universe. 


What is LCAM?

November is LCAM. 

What does that mean?  

Here's my latest article for lungcancer.net that breaks it down and explains the campaign and it's origins.


2020 Lung Cancer Survivor Super Bowl Challenge Kickoff

Because of everyone's generosity, I raised $374 for my challenge.

I kicked off my 2020 Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl challenge fundraising campaign at the Cleveland vs Broncos game in Denver on Sunday, November 3, 2019.

It was a beautiful day.  The sun was shining, I got to introduce myself, share my lung cancer story, information about lung cancer Awareness Month and my participation in this year's Super Bowl Challenge.  So many tailgaters were more than generous with their time and money.  Browns fans and Broncos fans as well.  It goes to show, no matter which team we root for, we all agree that lung cancer (or any cancer)sucks.
More photos of #CLEvsDEN tailgating HERE.

I have until December 30, 2019 to reach my $50,000 fundraising goal.  Please donate HERE.  No amount is too small.  Every dollar counts, even when you make a minimum donation.


Meaningful Football

Meaningful football to me this week:It's the Cleveland Browns playing a do or die game in Denver.  It means, possibly turning this season around in Week 9, although, a bit late in the season. It means, beating a top rival, again, at Mile High. It means bonding with my Browns football family while tailgating like we are in the Muni lot and watching the Browns in person instead of on TV.

It also means It's Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the kickoff of the Team Draft Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge.  I'm anxiously waiting the details of this year's challenge because I have set a $50,000 fundraising goal.  I'm super excited to get started!  Yes, fifty thousand dollars.  Top challenge participants have set the bar high.  It's time for me to join their ranks.  I'll share the details in a future post. 

Meaningful football 2015/2016 Season:The NFL preseason was underway in August 2015.  It was the dawn of a new era for the Browns. My football family and I were reunited after a long summer without football to watch games and cheer the Browns through another season.  Like many years before and every season after, we had hope, we believed.

I was diagnosed with stage IV, non small cell lung cancer during preseason on August 14, 2015.  At that point it was, by far, the most devastating, emotionally draining and excruciatingly difficult time of my life.  But what did I do the night before finding out the stage of my lung cancer and what my prognosis and treatment plan would be? I attended a Browns preseason game with the Pikes Peak Browns Backers in Colorado Springs, CO.

Meaningful football since lung cancer:
Dec 9, 2018

All football is meaningful to me since my lung cancer diagnosis. Even in the losing seasons, I am grateful for football and my Browns Backers family.  The Browns and the Pikes Peak Browns Backers have been with me since day one of my lung cancer diagnosis.  They have provided me with the support, needed distractions and events to keep my mind off of everything involved in a lung cancer diagnosis and fight.

I had a lot of fatigue, some pretty uncomfortable and painful side effects when I started my first line of lung cancer treatment.  I had times I was scared to leave the house. But I would get up, get dressed, in orange and brown, and still go to watch the Browns play with my local Browns Backers club.  That's how important the Browns are to me. That's meaningful football.

Tackling lung cancer, Dec 9, 2018

Meaningful football NFL Week 14, Dec 9, 2018:

It was a chance to go to Cleveland and an opportunity to attend the Panthers vs. Browns game with Team Draft. I live in Colorado.  Before December 9, 2018, I had only been to one Cleveland Browns home game.
A brief uncle and niece Dawg Pound reunion, Dec 9, 2018

That weekend was amazing.  Not only did I get to personally witness the Browns win at home, it was the 1 year anniversary of surviving a hemorrhagic stroke.  I got tears in my eyes when I was in the stadium and watched the Browns take the field that day. I get emotional today thinking about that moment.  I was alive. I was standing. I was walking. I made it through the toughest year of my life. Not only did I survive the stroke and make miraculous improvements in my recovery over the year, I did it all with late stage,  stage iv, terminal, lung cancer.
Please donate to the 2020 Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge