Spreading the word – Puerto Rico welcomes us!

This past weekend, as a spokesperson for the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF), Miles and I traveled to Puerto Rico, where I spoke before the 5TH Annual Puerto Rico Fall Cancer Symposium.

Puerto Rico presentation

Dr. Edgardo Santos, from ALCF Center of Excellence Boca Raton Regional Hospital, moderated the Q&A following my speech.

I was standing in for my fellow stage IV young-lung friend, Sandy Jauregui Baza. Sandy, fluent in Spanish, was scheduled to speak but had to bow out as the potential for blood clots from air travel is exacerbated by her cancer drugs. I did my best to make her proud, intertwining English with a little Spanish as I shared my story in an attempt to educate general oncologists and docs to look beyond age, gender and smoking history when treating their patients. Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer of both men and women of all ages. All physicians need to be alert to its symptoms, aggressive in ordering both tests and referrals, and advise their young patients on fertility preservation.

I’m so grateful my message and speech were well received, and there was a lively Q&A afterward. I met some wonderful doctors, researchers and nurses, and hopefully changed their perspective on who can get lung cancer. And then we got to enjoy this….

Puerto Rico beach



8 thoughts on “Spreading the word – Puerto Rico welcomes us!

  1. Well that didn’t take very long to go global. Congratulations Emily and it’s amazing how many extra efforts you and Miles make to share your story for such an important cause.

  2. Emily–this is so awesome. I cannot express how proud I am of you. You are changing the lives of so many people. You are AMAZING!

  3. That’s awesome Emily! I love that YOU are educating the doctors! The more times you tell your story…the more people you reach… the more lung cancer patients you help! You’re amazing! Enjoy that beautiful beach!

  4. All of our patients that stand up and speak for us just knock it out of the park……I love to watch people faces when they are speaking….. I believe these young people are going to change the way people think about lung cancer
    and that will benefit all people with lung cancer……Great job Em……but, of course, I expect nothing less…..Love and hugs to you and Miles…..xoxo

  5. So proud of your wonderful attitude about what you have been through and life in general. Hope the humidity wasn’t too high. Russ and and I were in Dominican Republic two weeks ago. Hot and humid!Looking forward to your nexy visit! Kathy, Angela’s mom

    Happy Connecting. Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 5

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