The tour last week at OHSU was scheduled for former NFL linebacker, Chris Draft, and I was lucky enough to tag along.
Chris Draft is committed to Changing the Face of lung cancer. In 2011 he lost his wife, Keasha, to lung cancer; a year after her diagnosis, a month after their wedding. Keasha Draft was an athletic 38-year old, non-smoker who’s shortness of breath lead to the lung cancer diagnosis; something many of us can relate to. On their wedding day they initiated Team Draft; Chris has been committed to the cause ever since.
Those of us with lung cancer are fortunate to have Chris on our side. From what I saw in action, he wants the highest level of care given to all patients, regardless of facility where care is given (academic center or community oncology). He was bold enough to ask Doctors if he could video tape their statements so he could pass them along to the other facilities he plans to visit. It had a “look what they are doing – now you too need to be doing that” feel. I liked it. Oh, and Chris has been to 56 Lung Cancer Centers since Dec 2011. Yup, that committed!
Chris, a former NFL player with connections to the NBA, utilizes his resources to increase awareness of lung cancer. He was the name needed to draw media at the tour. One more check in the lung cancer awareness column! Chris, Jamie (my friend), and I were captured on TV.
Want to see what else Chris Draft is doing for lung cancer? Check out Team Draft.
(One thing I’d like to add about the photo on the right. The interviewer asked, “You’re a lung cancer survivor?” For my response, I borrowed a phrase from blogger Linnea Duff and said, “No. I’m surviving lung cancer.”)