Former NFL and Rams linebacker Chris Draft is working to raise awareness about lung cancer. He’ll be in St. Louis on October 28 (Rams vs. Seahawks) to honor local St. Louis lung cancer survivors on the field and at the game as part of his "Survivor at Every Stadium" initiative. The Rams are joining Draft in building awareness, giving hope and spotlighting the important work being done in lung cancer research and treatment.
Lung cancer claims the lives of more than 159,000 people each year – that’s two times the number of fans expected to be at the Edward Jones Dome on Monday. Yet, most people don’t realize that it’s the biggest cancer killer. Draft is working to raise awareness by sharing the facts about lung cancer this November, which is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
In 2010, Chris’ wife Keasha was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer after never smoking a day in her life. On their wedding day, they launched Team Draft, which is dedicated to dispelling the stigma that lung cancer is a "smoker’s disease." One month later, Keasha lost her courageous fight at age 38. The fact is anyone can get lung cancer, including up to 30,000 people each year who have never smoked, and treatment advances are changing the lives of those tackling the disease.
For more information, fans can visit www.teamdraft.org.