15 Years, 15 Toenails

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Tom and Martha Galli at Breathe Deep DFWOn February 4, 2004, I received a surprising diagnosis of lung cancer. I had experienced no symptoms. A single tumor completely filled the main stem bronchus of my right lung, and my general practitioner said treatment success was a “long odds” proposition. Things didn’t look good.

I underwent chemotherapy, radiation, multiple surgeries, and more chemotherapy and radiation. There was no guarantee that any of the treatments would be successful. There was only hope.

Fast-forward to 2019 ... this year my wife, Martha, and I are celebrating my 15 years of survival. We have painted 15 of our toenails (an idea I got from another cancer survivor) “LUNGevity blue” to acknowledge LUNGevity Foundation’s dedication to funding research that will help people with lung cancer live longer, better lives.

Here's my new challenge: Help me raise $15,000 ($1,000 for each year!) to support LUNGevity's lifesaving work. Your donation will help LUNGevity continue fighting the nation's number 1 cancer killer. Please give generously.


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