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Pamela U.

My mother, Kay, hadn't been feeling well for a couple of weeks. She had a cough that just wouldn't go away, a shortness of breath that was getting bothersome. After a busy football Saturday in mid-September of 2008, I took my mother to an Urgent Care facility. In the days after that, our lives were changed forever. My mother, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer.

We fought the hard fight. My mom went through chemotherapy, and everything that goes along with it. She had a surgery to drain the fluid from her lungs in December 2008 and we were told that cancer now encased her lungs and had begun to spread. She only had a short time to live.

In late February 2009, after a brief stint in a hospice care facility, my mother went on to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Though the entire ordeal lasted only 5 months, this was the hardest season of my life. My mother was my best friend. Her sweet memory will live on in my heart forever.

My mother, Kay Sanders DelSignore, is the reason I will never give up the fight for more funding, more education, and more research so we can find a cure for lung cancer.

First published: August 10, 2018

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