Team Draft is an initiative of the Chris Draft Family Foundation created by former NFL linebacker Chris Draft and his late wife Keasha during Keasha’s year-long struggle with Stage IV lung cancer. Their hope was that Keasha’s valiant fight to dance, smile, and live would give hope, comfort, and inspiration to the patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers who are battling the disease every day. Team Draft is dedicated to raising lung cancer awareness and increasing badly needed research funding by shattering the misconception that lung cancer is a “smoker’s disease.” The fact is anybody can get lung cancer. Yet, despite the fact that between 20,000 and 30,000 people who have never smoked—including Keasha—are diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States each year, the smoking stigma negatively impacts lung cancer research funding, which pales in comparison to funding for other major cancers and diseases. Team Draft is out to change all that.
As the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots fight for claim over the Super Bowl trophy tonight, two lung cancer survivor advocates are in Minneapolis fighting for another reason: to raise research and awareness dollars.
In a race to raise funds and awareness, winners of the Team Draft Super Bowl Challenge have the chance to make a difference and get a seat at the Big Game.
Dr. Kim L. Sandler, Chris Draft and Carly Ornstein offer insight on navigating current barriers in lung cancer screening. Additionally, Carly highlights how the American Lung Association’s Saved By The Scan initiative educates and empowers patients to be screened.
Dr. Leora Horn, Chris Draft, and Carly Ornstein highlight specific resources that educate and advocate for patients with lung cancer.
Carly Ornstein and Chris Draft explain why it is important for patients to be their own advocates when managing their health. Chris highlights hurdles that patients experience when seeking appropriate care.
Dr. Leora Horn and Chris Draft remark on types of risk factors, aside from smoking, that potentially play a role in lung cancer, and remark on considerations for connecting patients to appropriate healthcare professionals when monitoring and managing the disease.
Chris Draft discusses why more advocacy efforts are necessary in raising public awareness about the prevention and management of lung cancer.
Chris Draft emphasizes the importance of fighting for survivors in the lung cancer community and hearing their journeys, encouraging them to stand up and raise more awareness.
Chris Draft explains the need for educating the lung cancer community on more than just prevention and how Team Draft is reaching out to them.
Chris Draft discusses the importance of a support system, finding positivity following diagnosis, and having a strong relationship with a network of friends, family, doctors, and caregivers.
Chris Draft describes the story of how his wife, Keasha, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and how the experience affected them.
NFL player and founder of the Chris Draft Family Foundation, Chris Draft, explains what caregivers need to know.