Courtney Cole was a local mother of two who made the most out of every day of her life. Sadly, she passed away at the age of 48 due to lung cancer. Now, her family and friends, “Courtney Strong,” will participate in the Fight For Air Climb at Lucas Oil Stadium on June 6 to raise funds that will go toward a goal of $1 million in Cole’s memory.
The funds raised will go toward the Courtney Cole Endowed Lung Cancer Research Fund, which already has $600,000 raised toward the $1 million goal.
“Courtney 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,” said Monica Peck, Cole’s sister.
“Her strength, positivity and perseverance through her battle with lung cancer inspired so many people throughout Indianapolis and across the state,” said Cayla Cole, Courtney’s daughter.
Courtney had epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutant lung cancer, which causes cancer cell to grow and divide. Almost all EGFR patients develop a resistance to treatment and their cancers progress. The money will fund research on preventing resistance development to the treatment of EGFR and help save lives.
Courtney would say that she was facing her toughest rival in lung cancer. Still though, through the toughest years of her life, she kept a normal routine for her two children and with the family business until she died in 2019 at age 48.
"My biggest lesson is that life is truly a gift," wrote the mother of two after she found out her cancer had returned. "I have quickly learned that every day is a gift and it is up to us to make the absolute most of it."
“We hope my mom’s story will help us continue her efforts in making every day count and help us save lives through research. Through this fund, her great legacy will continue,” said Cayla.
If you are interested in joining or donating to the team, information can be found on the here on the website.
On July 21st, Courtney’s friends and family will host a golf outing at Martinsville Country Club to raise money for the research fund.
For more information about the Courtney Cole Research Fund, contact Tanya Husain, Executive Director of the Lung Association, at [email protected] or 317-210-8507.
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 education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.