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Join former NFL player, Chris Draft, at Together Facing Lung Cancer

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It’s quite uncommon to find a former NFL linebacker visiting a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center, much less one who visited all 41 NCI centers last year. But when you meet Chris Draft, the reason becomes clear. His wife, Keasha Rutledge Draft, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in early 2011 and died later that year at the age of 38. Keasha, a 1995 electrical engineering graduate of Clemson Chris Draft is the Founder, President and CEO of the Chris Draft Family FoundationUniversity, spent several years dancing for the Charlotte Hornet Honeybees team while pursuing her professional career. In 2011, this physically fit 37-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer. She never smoked. After losing the love of his life, Chris created Team Draft, a national campaign to change the face of lung cancer. His goal is to raise awareness of lung cancer in young, non-smoking women, reduce the stigma associated with the disease and support research efforts of leading cancer centers, including Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Chris Draft is a nationally recognized community leader and health advocate who serves as an NFL Ambassador, National Ambassador for the Parent Teacher Association and a national spokesperson on health-related issues, including the care and treatment of asthma, from which he suffers. 

Meet Chris Draft on November 16 at Fox Chase!

On Saturday, November 16, Fox Chase is hosting a very special event, Together Facing Lung Cancer, with keynote speaker, Chris Draft. Join us to learn more about the disease, honor survivors and remember loved ones. Registration is required for this free event, which takes place from 1:30 – 4:30pm in the Robert C. Young, MD, Pavilion. Network with professional staff, friends, family and other survivors while enjoying light refreshments. Visit lung cancer-related information tables and speak with representatives from lung cancer advocacy groups.Special Patient Speaker: Stephanie Haney

Stephanie Haney will share her story of how she was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer in 2007 at the age of 39. This mother of two had no risk factors and no family history of the disease. Fortunately, she was eligible to participate in a clinical trial evaluating a new drug to treat the disease. She responded beautifully and the drug was eventually FDA approved. She is a strong supporter of cancer research and says she is “fighting for all those diagnosed with and likely to die of the disease since it has such a dismal survival rate and so few alive to speak up for them.”

All guests will receive a gift. Free parking is available in the East Garage, which connects to the Robert C. Young, MD, Pavilion. To register for this free event, visit foxchase.org/Together2013, send us an email or call 215-214-4297.

Download a PDF of the Together Facing Lung Cancer flyer.

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