Lung cancer doesn’t get much recognition. I’ve never been to a run for lung cancer, not even a walk. How many people know what colour the ribbon is for lung cancer, or that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month?
Lung cancer is seldom talked about, even though it’s by far the deadliest cancer, killing more people every year than breast, prostate and colo-rectal (the next three deadliest cancers) combined.
Lung cancer doesn’t get a lot of love. Nor does it get much funding! In fact, lung cancer receives less than 0.1% of cancer donations from individuals and companies. That’s right: 99.9% of all cancer donations from people like you and me go to other cancers.
Lung cancer turned my life upside-down. It turned my family’s life upside-down. In the years since my diagnosis, I’ve met so many amazing people whose lives have been turned upside-down by lung cancer. Beautiful, amazing people. Too many lives cut short by this deadly killer.
And we know that research extends lives. We’ve seen it in my own life! Lung cancer patients are gathering together and funding research to try to extend our own lives!
We could use some help! Lung cancer patients could use some more support! Lung cancer research desperately needs more funding.
So this month our family is doing something crazy to try to raise funds for lung cancer research. We’re not fundraisers, so we’re starting with what we’ve got and trying to turn it into a fundraiser!
My musician-husband Jono and I are posting a love song on YouTube every day for the month of November in honour of Lung Cancer Awareness Month! We’re calling it “Love Songs for Lungs“! It’s relaxed, minimally rehearsed, done ideally in one take in the living room, and so far it’s pretty fun! #30in30 #Hope
It’s especially meaningful for me because I love to sing, but lung cancer took my voice away. It’s only in recent months that I’m starting to find it again. It’s still not what it was, but I’m so thankful to be singing! You’re invited to celebrate with me!
Check us out! …and if you like what you see, or you want to encourage us, please share with your community and make a donation to lung cancer research.
I still haven’t figured out the fundraising part of this. I’m thinking about maybe starting a crowdfunding page (like gofundme) or something. I’m working on it and I’m definitely open to suggestions!
For a start, here are some links you could make donations to:
ALK+ Research (Patient-driven research into our own particular kind of lung cancer.)
Super Bowl Challenge (Funds go to support lung cancer survivors like me and research… and if I raise a LOT of $$, then I might even get to go to the Super Bowl!!!)
Thank you very much! (For Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2017, I made a Jelly Bean video.)