Jessica Neal

Lung Cancer Spokesperson

Jessica Neal  is a shining example of how to live life to its fullest and help others in the process.  A 20-year-old archeology major at Loyola University in Chicago, Jessica’s work as a spokesperson with the American Lung Association creates awareness about the realities of lung cancer and inspires those who hear her story to think twice about the stigmas surrounding the disease.

Jessica was diagnosed with lung cancer her Sophomore year in college after experiencing a period of difficulty breathing.  Having never smoked a day in her life, she was surprised by the diagnosis and embarked on a new semester juggling course work and chemotherapy.   We first met Jessica as Team Captain for the “Young Lungs” during our Lung Walk this past fall and have loved getting to know her.

To describe Jessica’s attitude as “positive” is a vast understatement.  Her smile lights up a room and her outlook on life and commitment to service are awe inspiring.  As a Lung Cancer Spokesperson, Jess was featured in the Chicago Tribune, on WGN radio, and on Chicago’s CBS-2 news as she shared her message that anyone, not just those who smoke, can develop lung cancer.  She further advocated for increased funding and awareness for the issue as she assured that no one deserves to die from lung cancer.

On top of all this, Jessica frequently attends American Lung Association events and wears her famous “Cancer Sucks” shirt as she relates with other survivors and families.  She is a role model, a leader, and a phenomenal volunteer and we value her commitment to our organization.  Thank you, Jessica, for your dedication to the Fight For Air – we’re so proud to know you.