Support Builds Ahead of Lung Cancer Awareness Month – Orange County Register

“You are not alone.”

That was the message from a White Ribbon Project event this week in City of Hope, Orange County.

Doctors and hospital staff celebrated lung cancer survivors while painting more than 30 large white ribbons.

The tapes will be distributed to survivors during November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Former NFL player and White Ribbon Project spokesman Chris Draft said the mission of the effort is to let people know they are supported.

Draft’s wife, Keasha, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010 at the age of 37. She died a year later.

One aim of the project is to change the perception of lung cancer; 20 percent of lung cancer patients, including von Drafts’ wife, have never smoked.

“Regardless of cancer stage, regardless of smoking history, we want people to know that they are not alone,” Draft said as volunteers sat and drew ribbons in the outside garden of the City of Hope campus.

Draft also presented Costa Mesa’s Diane Miller with an LA Rams jersey to wear to Sunday’s game where she will be honored as Crucial Catch Captain. The NFL’s Crucial Catch mission is to end all cancers through early detection and education.

dr Edward S. Kim, the chief medical officer at the Irvine Cancer Center, said the landscape of lung cancer is changing with better research, early detection and treatments — some as simple as taking a daily pill.

“The survival trend is getting better,” said Dr. Kim. “We’re moving it in the right direction.” Support Builds Ahead of Lung Cancer Awareness Month – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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