Welcome to Erica's personal Lungs 'n Roses Page!
From here, you can help me support Winship Cancer Institute and join the Lungs 'n Roses team as a participatant in the Winship Win the Fight 5K Run/Walk. For the 2nd year, as a lung cancer survivor and patient of Winship, I'm co-captaining our team, along with my friend, tennis team partner and lung cancer survivor, Tammi Fisher, who's currently in an immunotherapy trial at Winship. We had over 50 friends and family on our team last year and our goal this year is to dominate the race and show up with the biggest team ever!
We were awarded the winning T-shirt last year and if you were there you know that EVERYONE wanted one of our coveted cool T-shirts! So naturally, being the competitive people that we are, (and with huge thanks to The Icebox and their awesome artist Dane Harrison) we want to win again and have a brand new, cool and edgy logo for this year's team shirt! The graphic on our tee is the message we want to share -- traditionally, a rose's beauty represents promise, new beginnings, and hope. It's contrasted with the thorns; but in our case, the thorns represent the defense to lung cancer - and our thorns have roses!
We know you will want the new dri-fit Sport-Tek tee or tank so Don and I decided that for everyone who joins our team and makes a minimum donation of $250 to Winship we will give you the new Lungs 'n Roses T-shirt at no charge! Just let me know how many to provide and sizes needed!
Winship Cancer Institute holds a special place in my heart. My internist, Dr. Amatu Rabbi, saved my life in September 2015 when she saw a spot on my chest x-ray during a routine physical; she compared it to the prior year's chest x-ray, and then sent me for a CT scan. The spot was a mass, malignant, and removed, along with half of my left lung just two weeks later. Nine lymph nodes were also removed, and one tested positive for a very rare nonsmokers lung cancer - I had an atypical neuroendocrine carcinoid of the lung. Winship treated me with chemo and since January 2016 I've had 7 clean CT scans! By racetime I will be lung cancer free for 24 months!! I owe huge thanks to ALL of my Emory doctors including:
Dr. Jeff Miller (cardiothoracic surgeon who removed half of my lung)
Dr. Stephen Szabo (my oncologist who will treat me for the next 10 years)
Dr. Suresh Ramalingham (my oncologist and Deputy Director of Winship who collaborates with Dr. Szabo and is nationally recognized for his research; he's also developed individualized therapies for patients with small cell and non-small cell lung cancer)
Dr. Walter Curran (Executive Director and Radiation Oncologist who reviewed my medical file and provided a 2nd opinion on my treatment)
Dr. William Lieppe (cardiologist who treats my heart issues)
Dr. Les Watters (pulmonologist who did the bronchoscopy days before the lung surgery and who treated me in May when I had bronchitis)
Dr. Alejandro Sardi (pulmonologist) who treated me when I had pneumonia in November and December
Dr. Hugh Durham (infectious disease doctor) who both treated me when I had pneumonia in November and December.
We're so lucky to have Winship in our backyard. Earlier this year Winship earned the prestigious comprehensive cancer center designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), placing it in the top one percent of all cancer centers in the United States and making it the first and only one in Georgia. A National Cancer Institute designation is associated with improved long-term survival up to 25% greater than others who are not a NCI-designated location. Today, with over 250 active Phase I, II and III clinical trials, Winship researchers are dedicated to taking new cancer treatments from bench to bedside.
I hope you will click here and join Lungs 'n Roses in the Winship Win the Fight 5K. Thank you, in advance, for your support!
With Heartfelt Thanks, Erica Aronin
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