|Raisman Raising Money for Lung Cancer Research
|By Sally Haase
October 19, 2013
We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. In the case of Olympic
gold medal winning gymnast Aly Raisman, it is her Grandmother, Nancy Raisman
who was affected by lung cancer. Nancy lost her battle, but her Granddaughter is
joining in the fight against the disease. Aly is the guest speaker at Uniting Against
Lung Cancer “Winning Together” fundraiser gala on October 19 at Pinebrook
Country Club in Weston Massachusetts. Since 2003, UALC has awarded ten
million dollars to academic investigators plus another 55 million in follow-on funding.
Raisman called on her famous friends and fellow Olympians to give items for the
online auction, running now. Auction items include autographed memorabilia from
Team USA Track & Field, Missy Franklin, Mary Lou Retton, the Fierce Five and
Raisman‘s “Dancing with the Stars” co-stars Victor Ortiz and Kellie Pickler. Other
items include a chance to be a Boston Red Sox bat boy or girl and tickets to a
taping of late night comedy show “Chelsea Lately”. Online bidders can place bids
on their items until October 17, then the items will go to the live auction at the gala.
Online bidders will be able to fill out an absentee bid for the live auction to try for a
winning bid on their item.
Along with the money the UALC raises, the group also raises awareness about lung
cancer. The common misconception about lung cancer is that it is a disease that is
brought on yourself by not being able to quit your smoking habit. While many people
who develop lung cancer are smokers, 15-20% of lung cancer patients never
smoked, non-smokers are not immune to this type of cancer. Lung cancer is now
the leading cause on cancer death in men and women and it is one of the most
under funded. That is where charities like the UALC come in to get the money
needed for proper research and better treatments for patients. Then, you add a
celebrity like Raisman, who has been promoting the event on her social media
pages on a regular basis; you can bring a lot more dollar and eyes to the event and
Here are the links to the “Winning Together” gala and the online auction.