PROFILES IN LUNG CANCER – DAY 23: RACHAEL WILLEFORD
Lung Cancer Awareness Month 2015
I’d like to introduce….
Rachael with Dr. Brendan Stiles at the Free to Breathe Lung Cancer Action Summit
[*Free to Breathe is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders, united in the belief that every person with lung cancer deserves a cure. http://www.freetobreathe.org/ ]
Rachael’s Twitter handle: PollywogPrinces
“Four members of my mom’s side of the family have died from lung cancer. Two of them were my mom’s best friends – her brother and her cousin. They both were ever present in my life. In 2012, I learned that someone had started a fundraiser called Free to Breathe in my town, and I decided to participate. Afterwards, I volunteered on a committee and would eventually become the co-chair of the event a few months later. After I learned that my mom’s cousin, (who passed away in 2009,) and her father, (who also passed away from lung cancer in 1978,) had virtually the same survival rate, I dove headfirst into advocacy. I now focus on patient and community education and outreach, locally, with Free to Breathe.