Lung Cancer Survivor Raises Thousands for Research, Wins Super Bowl Trip

By Kathy Walsh
DENVER (CBS4) – A younger father from Denver with superior lung most cancers is pumped to be going to the Tremendous Bowl!
Matt Arensdorf (credit score: CBS)
He gained the journey after elevating almost $50,000 to fund lung most cancers analysis in Colorado.
Matt Arensdorf and his spouse, Jen, raised that cash in simply two months. It is going to assist advance the remedy of lung most cancers and it’s an funding in Arensdorf’s future.
In early 2016, life was good for Arensdorf.
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“32 years previous, three month previous child, every little thing was excellent, actually,” he advised CBS4 Well being Specialist Kathy Walsh.
Then Arensdorf observed imaginative and prescient issues. Exams confirmed tumors in his mind.
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“Every part form of comes crashing to a halt,” he stated.
It was most cancers that began within the nonsmoker’s lungs — stage four.
“Anyone with lungs can get lung most cancers,” stated Arensdorf.
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On the College of Colorado Most cancers Middle, he has had radiation, mind surgical procedure, and two focused therapies. His most cancers isn’t curable, however he’s a two-year survivor.
“It’s the analysis and the brand new medicine which might be maintaining me going,” Arensdorf stated.
He and his spouse, Jen, are serving to. The 2 teamed up with former NFL linebacker, Chris Draft.
CBS4’s Kathy Walsh interviews Chris Draft. (credit score: CBS)
“My spouse, Keasha, was 37 years previous,” stated Draft.
Keasha was 37 when she died of lung most cancers. Now, Draft holds a Tremendous Bowl problem. Lung most cancers survivors elevate funds for analysis.
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“With extra analysis, we’re going to avoid wasting extra lives,” stated Draft.
The Arensdorfs raised almost $50,000 for the Lung Most cancers Colorado Fund. They scored a visit to the Tremendous Bowl however, most significantly, they tackled the event of future remedies.
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“We all know that cash’s going to have an effect and we want an impression,” stated Jen. “His (Matt’s) future’s depending on it.”
Draft shaped Group Draft and kicked off his problem four years in the past, elevating $20,000. This 12 months, the tally is $123,000 and rising.
Kathy Walsh is CBS4’s Weekend Anchor and Well being Specialist. She has been with CBS4 for greater than 30 years. She is at all times open to story concepts. Observe Kathy on Twitter @WalshCBS4.

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