As a lung cancer patient I have become aware of the low profile lung cancer has in New Zealand, despite it causing more deaths than any other type of cancer. As lung cancer ambassador I am dedicated to increasing the awareness and early detection of lung cancer and advocating for more funded treatment options for patients.
Though I have never smoked, I was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2013 at age 47, and could not even walk without chest pain and breathlessness. Half of one side of my lungs had completely collapsed. In February 2014 I started a new treatment. On the first day I could only jog for 10 seconds before having to sit down, but incredibly after 2 months I could jog without discomfort.
By choosing this 10k fundraising run challenge to raise much needed funds for Lung Foundation New Zealand, I also want to highlight the benefits of exercise for people with lung disease.
While I have just ¾ of my pre-cancer lungs left, I have been busy training with the goal of breaking 60 minutes in this run.
Apart from my run challenge, I am proud to have donated to Lung Foundation NZ.
Please join with me by making a gift to this great cause - click on the "give now" button (one large gift or you can split it over a number of weeks).
Your support really will help save lives by increasing the awareness and early detection of lung disease.
After donating, please help maximise the impact by sharing this page with your colleagues, networks, family and friends!
For those of you who like running, please consider joining the run challenge to show your support.