4 Ways to Fight Lung Cancer Today With the Purple Toes Campaign

3 years ago

The Purple Toes campaign, created to support my friend Valerie, and featured on BlogHer this past December, continues to raise awareness and funding to fight lung cancer. We’ve exceeded our initial goal to raise $10,000 for the Lung Cancer Foundation with over $12,000 to date. We’ve also received a lot of “purple toes” pictures. Each and every one makes Valerie smile.

Purple pedicures for the fight.

I’m super excited to announce that the you can see the Purple Toes campaign on NBC Bay Area Proud on Tuesday, June 10 during the 5pm news broadcast. Garvin Thomas is sharing the story of Valerie and her husband, Ralph. The segment provides an intimate look at Valerie’s life since her diagnosis with Stage 4 lung cancer this past August.

You’ll see Valerie getting her bi-weekly drug infusion at the UC Davis Oncology Center, as well as hear firsthand the challenges that she and Ralph have experienced. I even got to join in—Garvin taped us getting a purple . There was a great response from the other guests, including several who donated to the campaign right then!

Valerie and Ralph in their TV interview.

Valerie and Ralph’s goal is to have her cancer go into remission, as there isn’t a cure for Stage 4 lung cancer at this time. Ralph is already stockpiling lots of fabulous wine to celebrate her NEC (no evidence of cancer) Party!

Valerie and I getting pedicures.

Since this devastating diagnosis, Valerie has gone through two different treatments (one a trial, the other the “standard” protocol). Neither treatment did anything to stop the tumor growth.

Valerie is now in a new trial with a drug being developed to fight lung cancer. This drug to break down the protective sheath around the cancerous tumors, so the body will recognize them as foreign. If it works, Val’s own immune system will attack and shrink the tumors. To date, 16 weeks into it, the tumors have not grown—but we’re still keeping our purple toes crossed for shrinkage.

Please consider supporting this important campaign. It’s easy to do. Here's what you can do right now:

  • Help get the word out about the Bay Area Proud segment on June 10, during the 5pm News on NBC Bay Area (Channel 11 or 3 on your cable system).
  • Share a link to the segment from the NBC website. The video and Garvin’s written story on Wednesday, June 11.
  • Donate to the campaign at the Lung Cancer Foundation. With $25 or more, we’ll send you a bottle of Purple with a Purpose nail polish and a custom, full-size nail file.
  • Paint your toes purple and send a photo (1MB or bigger, please) to purpletoes@lungcancerfoundation.org.

Thank you for reading and supporting Valerie, and for helping bring awareness and visibility to the fight against lung cancer.

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