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Advocating: How I started & how you can too!


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I remember my first time advocating for lung cancer with LUNGevity. I was in the mall and we were giving t-shirts out to people who registered for the Breathe Deep DFW Walk. I knew there was a stigma around lung cancer but I didn't know a lot of facts. Luckily there were fact cards (http://www.lungevity.org/about-us/request-materials) there for me to read during idle time. My jaw dropped. I remember thinking, "Why didn't I know this?" I looked at all of the mall shoppers walking by and was pretty sure they didn't know these facts either! So I turned to Katie and asked her if I could just talk to the patrons and tell them these facts because I was sure they would be stunned too! Of course, she said yes, so I did! The shoppers were shocked, and also weren't sure if they wanted to talk to me about what I just learned. I knew from that moment I really wanted to help in any way I could to make a difference. I talked more about this with Katie and Nikole and from there it's history. 


Now there are so many ways you can advocate, from your couch, all the way to speaking in front of groups. I am really excited that the Social Media Ambassador volunteer team has really grown! One of the first SMA's is still very active, you can read her story here http://www.lungevity.org/support-survivorship/get-connected/blog/advocate-spotlight-%E2%80%93-jen-edwards

Currently accepting applications: http://www.LUNGevity.org/SMA


Sign up for the LUNGevity LinkUp Advocacy Alerts http://www.lungevity.org/get-involved/lungevity-linkup


Check out the MANY ways you can make a difference here http://www.lungevity.org/get-involved


How will you get involved this year?



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I would love to volunteer. I have plenty of FB friends, but I'm not on Twitter or other social media. Why do I have to have 2 social mediums? I want to volunteer because I am the poster child for early intervention. Knowing I was high risk, I requested a CT. It showed stage 1a squamous lung cancer. I need to get the word out. And insurance now should pay 100% for the CT.

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