“I am part of a lung cancer support group and I have seen how the money we have raised has made an impact. Things are so different now. People with stage four lung cancer can continue to live their lives thanks to advancements in technology, like immunotherapy, and other things that were just not available for Nikki in 2012,” Wendy said.
After the success of that first Climb, Wendy decided she wanted to be further involved with the Lung Association, so she joined the local board. This year, she was the LUNG FORCE Hero who represented Oklahoma at Advocacy Day. She shared Nikki’s story with representatives and senators in hope of promoting lung health and eliminating the stigma that is frequently attached to a lung cancer diagnosis. “We know that there are so many young, healthy individuals who are being diagnosed with lung cancer. It does not discriminate,” she said.
“This year at Advocacy Day there were more lung cancer patients than in previous years and I think that is because, thanks to research and new medications, people are living longer, even with stage four cancer,” Wendy proclaimed. Wendy continues to share her sister’s story and encourages others to do the same.
Blog last updated: August 4, 2022