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Local lung cancer survivor participates in "Team Draft Super Bowl Challenge"

Lung cancer survivors from all across the nation are joining together to raise money and awareness.

Posted: Dec 1, 2017 6:00 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2017 8:17 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A lung cancer survivor who was treated at Mayo Clinic is participating in a fundraiser that uses health competition and the excitement of the Super Bowl.

“Ten years ago, I was shockingly diagnosed with lung cancer,” Linda Wortman said.

Today, Wortman is a survivor. She’s competing in the “Team Draft Super Bowl Challenge.” Kicked off by former NFL player Chris Draft who lost his wife to lung cancer, it’s a challenge between lung cancer survivors from all across the nation. They’re joining together to raise money and draw attention.

“We need awareness. We need support,” Wortman said. “Mayo Clinic is a leader in lung cancer research and I’m here to give back for the people who work in teams so tirelessly to save lungs and lives.”

If contestants raise over $5,000, their designated recipient will get 80-percent with the remaining 20-percent going to Team Draft. Wortman wants to give back to the place that gave her her life back. Doctors say every little bit helps.

“Our ability to impact the disease and design better treatments and cure more people is totally dependent on research dollars,” Dr. Dennis Wigle, a thoracic surgeon at Mayo Clinic, said, “and the only way we can do that is to basically raise money for lung cancer research.”

Wortman said she wants Rochester to get involved and help make a positive change that affects everyone.

“If we had every person in this community donate just one dollar, think of the funds that we could raise and 80-percent of that would go back to Mayo Clinic,” Wortman said.

Fundraising ends on Jan. 1 and then the top fundraisers will be announced. To donate to Wortman’s page, click here.

The top four fundraisers are awarded trips to Super Bowl 52, the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl, the 2018 Taste of the NFL, and the 2018 College Football National Championship.

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