The Foundation – How to fight battles

Chris Draft – The Foundation – Resources and training to win the war on lung cancer.

Why did I start the foundation? I think a lot of these things, you either ask to be lumped with the drive, you ask us about choice, commitment, enthusiasm. But then there are specifics within that. There are specific things we need to focus on, that give us, again, that best chance to be able to succeed. So the foundation, really, was inspired by two people that had cancer.

One of the ladies was the Special Ed teacher I talked about in high school. That one was my high school coach. We looked at… if something terrible happened, if cancer came into your life, how strong would you need to be? What type of things would you have to have in place? Where would you need to be to have the least amount of regrets, or no regrets? Hopefully, there are no regrets in the way you live your life. That’s very idealistic to say no regrets, but the least amount of regrets. So how strong would you need to be? And then, how little, how do we get the least amount of regrets?

From football players, they think of a guy that’s big and strong. He can lift all this weight, and he can just… but if you think of a disease, do you have to be strong so that you can just lift heavy stuff? Or are you strong so that you can fight it? So your body can handle it? That you’re efficient, and you’re strong. Again, it’s not anything extra. It’s not that you can lift heavy things, but that your body is the most efficient and healthy. That’s what our goal is. Our goal is to be healthy, physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, so that whatever comes, you’re going to be able to deal with it.

So we know that being physically strong is making sure you have a great relationship with your primary care doc, being able to be honest about things that are happening within your life, being able to understand it. Having a solid baseline of physical activity. Being taught that, from an early age, being exposed from different types of sports and activity so that you create a love for activity. Not just a love for a particular sport. I love football, but football is a difficult sport, at times, for you to continue playing. It’s not something, especially with pads, that you can always play.

So having basketball, having tennis, golf. I mean, you see some of these sports people play and they’re 80 years old, 90 years old, and they’re still doing it. Having that type of diversity because it’s about being healthy. We think mentally, mentally really having an awareness of yourself. Understanding what your strengths and weaknesses are and through your commitment to academics. So through our literacy leaders and commitment of academics, that you help find out, what is it that I do well?

And also, find the people around you in terms of mentorship and other people that are in there so that you have encouragement. Also, there’s a nice little mix between academic achievement and physical. People that are at a higher socioeconomic group, their health insurance is completely different in so many cases. They’re more aware of kind of access to health, too.

So we’re thinking about dealing with any type of health issue. Now, their health insurance will pay for it, they have better access to care. It’s the same person, potentially, but because of where they establish themselves and where they live, it can be a completely different outcome in terms of moving forward.

So, there’s a lot of different levels to it, but it’s really that individual’s surrounding. We want to make sure there’s basic things that have to be done as an individual that’s going to put you in the best situation. Then, surrounding that with a family that encourages that, that’s in support of that, so you’re not walking on that journey by yourself. And then a community that really mimics that.

I think we see that across the country, where there is not just the success of an individual household, but that community success.