Thank you for visiting our website.  Although the Felida Open will certainly be a very fun event for the entire Felida community again this year, we are also working hard to raise money and awareness for the Dawn Strong – Finding a Cure for Lung Cancer through the University of Washington’s research program. The goal of this page and the associated links, is to do our best to introduce you to this amazing and quite misunderstood cause.  I am, by no means an expert on the subject, nor do I claim to be an accomplished author but over the coming months, I will attempt to bring as much information as possible to this site.  We are very excited for the golf event and even more excited to help the University of Washington find a cure for Lung Cancer.

I guess the best place to start is to introduce you to the “Dawn”, in Dawn Strong.

Hello, my name is Dawn Horner and I have stage IV lung cancer. In 2013 I saw my physician for a cough and shortness of breath. After mentioning a family history, my physician told me I was not considered at risk for lung cancer because I had never smoked. On the outside I looked like a very healthy 49-year old, I ate healthy and exercised regularly. For nearly two years I was treated with inhalers and allergy medications for reactive airway disease. On top of that, two chest x-rays taken 10 months apart were read as normal. When I took my x-rays for a second opinion the doctor spotted something suspicious on both chest x-rays, so he ordered a CT scan of my chest. This told the real story, I had a tumor in my lung, ribs and spine. On August 12, 2014 I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.

When asked what my chances were for survival, I was told 6 months to 1 year, but since I was so healthy, I was put in the one-year category. I’m now coming up on my 5th year of survival and will do all I can to keep this going. Without research, I would be out of options. The trial I am currently in is the reason I am here today. Most of those diagnosed with lung cancer are Stage IV with a 5-year survival rate of 4-6%, this is the lowest survival rate of all cancers. Yet, more people die of lung cancer than any other cancer. 80% of those diagnosed are former or never smokers, only 20% are
current smokers. It’s time to end the stigma and support lung cancer research, no one deserves to die of cancer.

I am passionate about raising awareness and funding research so that those diagnosed have more time to spend with their loved ones. My goal is to get research funded enough to raise the survival rate from 4-6% to 80-90% for all stage IV lung cancer victims. This tournament means so much to me, I will be forever grateful for the love and support provided from our wonderful Felida community!