Invitation to Upcoming Events

Friends and Family,

I’m happy to say that there is no news on the health front at this time. It will be a couple of weeks before I get my next scan results. However, I did want to invite you to join us at two different events where Genevieve and I will be involved:

ACS CAN (American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network): Thursday, November 10th, 7:30 – 9:00 at the MAC Club in Portland. It’s a 90 minute program that will start with me sharing my story of living with lung cancer for ten years, followed by a panel, including me, discussing personalized medicine in lung cancer. I believe that there is no cost. Here’s the link to the event:

Lung Force Expo: November 4th, 10 AM – 3 PM: Packed conference with something for everyone connected with lung cancer. I will give a talk on how to be your own advocate, and Genevieve will tell her story as a caregiver.  See for full program and registration. There are separate tracks for survivors/caregivers, and for health care providers.



LUNGevity HOPE Summit: Prepare to Be Inspired!

If you are a lung cancer survivor or support person, this is an inspirational opportunity that is hard to pass up. I have been to a number of cancer runs/walks, fundraisers, and workshops, and for me, none of them have topped the LUNGevity HOPE Summit for feeling part of an empowered and upbeat lung cancer community. The latest research, Q&A with an oncologist, 25-year survivors, awe-inspiring advocates - This HOPE Summit has it all. And even better, if this is your first time, it is FREE. This includes transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, and the conference itself. The Summit is April 29th - May 1st.

My writing style may be extroverted, but I felt very uncomfortable going to a conference where I knew just one person, plus a few acquaintances I had met online. That awkwardness lasted less than five minutes. We are all in the same boat, and contrary to what I expected, I DO like being part of at least this one group that would have me as a member.

For more info about the HOPE Summit, go to

If you have already been to the Summit before, you can go again for FREE if you raise $1,000 or more.

I have now raised over $1,000 with the help of many terrific people who have made generous donations, but I am upping my game. If you would like to donate to support lung cancer research, education and advocacy, please click