Local Lung Cancer Survivor Nominated for First-Ever LUNG FORCE Impact Award
(April 17, 2018) -
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Local business owner, mother and lung cancer survivor Courtney Cole is nominated for the first-ever LUNG FORCE Impact Award, the American Lung Association in Indiana announced today.
Cole is an active adult who competed in triathlons and completed a marathon just three weeks before her lung cancer diagnosis. On February 12, 2014, she went to the emergency room because of severe pain in her shoulder. After several tests, the stage 3 lung cancer diagnosis came a shock to the otherwise healthy woman.
“I have never smoked in my life,” said Cole. “Prior to me getting lung cancer, I didn’t know it was possible to get lung cancer without being a smoker.”
The diagnosis was followed with 12 weeks of chemotherapy, 28 treatments of radiation and daily medications. Today, she is still fighting lung cancer, but works to keep a normal routine for her two children two children, and just sold the local business she co-owned and operated with her sister, Monica. She also fights to raise awareness for lung cancer through her work with the Lung Association in Indiana.
“Courtney’s strength, positivity and perseverance through her battle with lung cancer has inspired so many people throughout Indianapolis and across the state,” said Tanya Husain, the executive director of the Lung Association in Indiana. “She has made it her mission to raise awareness for lung cancer and help raise money for increased lung cancer research funding so that no one else suffers from the disease.”
“I think you just have to live life to the fullest, be thankful for everyday and go forward,” Cole said.
Cole is one of four people who were nominated for the first-ever LUNG FORCE Impact Award, which will be presented on May 11 at the LUNG FORCE Glam! Luncheon. The luncheon also includes a red carpet entrance, a fashion show and inspiring speeches.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.