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The American Lung Association LUNG FORCE Heroes are lung cancer survivors, caretakers and anyone who is impacted by the number one cancer killer in the U.S.

Our LUNG FORCE Heroes share their stories to inspire, but are also active in fundraising for lifesaving research, supporting those impacted by lung disease and even traveling to Washington D.C. to help advocate for clean air.

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Candi T

Six years ago, Candi T was given one year to live by two oncologists. Today, she has been a stage 4 lung cancer survivor for 6 years. Candi was never a smoker, which is why she said she was misdiagnosed for about six months before the doctors determined that she had lung cancer.

"All you need to get lung cancer is lungs," she said.

During the past six years, Candi has endured chemotherapy, radiation, chemo pills and horrible side effects but keeps fighting. She also works two jobs and helps raise her three grandchildren.

"With the exception of my bald head, you would not know that there is anything wrong with me because I don't look sick. I get IV fluids several times a month to keep me going," she added. "And...there is NOTHING wrong with being bald!"

Candi fights to raise awareness about lung cancer and raise funds for lung cancer research.

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