Dr. Camidge and Emily Daniels speak to the importance of philanthropy and research.

Emily Daniels was 32 years-old and pregnant with her second child when she was diagnosed with lung cancer.  One year later, Emily presented a check for more than $100,000 to the Lung Cancer Colorado Fund (LCCF) bringing the fund over the $1 million mark.

The past year has been difficult for Emily and her family.  It started when she went to the emergency room with tightness in her chest. That’s when she was diagnosed.  She has since been through seven rounds of chemotherapy and 15 radiation treatments.  Emily also has taken two different targeted therapies developed especially for people with a rearrangement in the anaplastic lymphoma kinase fusion gene.

Emily and Brian Daniels with their children

Emily says the summer of 2018 was particularly difficult but her last scan showed improvement and she is hoping that continues.

The past year has been difficult for Emily and her family. It started when she went to the emergency room with tightness in her chest. That’s when she was diagnosed. She has since been through seven rounds of chemotherapy and 15 radiation treatments. Emily also has taken two different targeted therapies developed especially for people whose cancers are driven by a rearrangement in the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) fusion gene.

Emily says the summer of 2018 was particularly difficult but her last scan showed improvement and she is hoping that continues.

“I am proof that anyone with lungs can get lung cancer,” says Emily. “I did everything right including eating right and exercising. I am feeling good and I want people to know that there is life after this diagnosis.”

Now that she’s feeling better, Emily has a mission: to raise money for lung cancer research. along with her family and friends, Emily held a golf tournament in September 2018. Links for Lungs raised $101,310 for the LCCF which supports the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s fight against lung cancer including basic, clinical, and translational research.

Links for Lungs will be holding an event in Memphis in April.

To read more about Emily’s experience with lung cancer, click here.