Colorado Lungs4Life is dedicated to supporting Lung Cancer Research and individuals and families touched by the disease. The goal is to be the leader in Colorado in lung cancer education, prevention and community support.
April Watson - President
I lost my dad, Mike Schropp, to non-small cell lung cancer. I remember the day he was diagnosed with lung cancer. We were sitting in the hospital when he was given the news and the only thing my dad said was, “don’t worry, I’ve already beat this”.
That was my dad. He was the most amazing father anyone could ask for. He was always very loving and supportive of his family. And he would do anything, and I mean anything, to make someone laugh. The day my dad died, was the same day I lost my hero. I was always very close to my dad and would give anything to have one more minute to spend with him.
That is why I am a part of Colorado Lungs4Life. I want to give people living with lung cancer hope that there is someone out there trying to make a difference for their disease. I don’t want another person or family to have to go through what my dad or my family had to go through. I am continuing the fight that my dad could not continue.
Sonja Samples - Vice President
I first got involved in the fight against lung cancer when I lost my brother from stage IV lung cancer. Robert was a very healthy 33 year old, father of a 5 year old girl, non-smoker (never smoked) who worked out daily, so it was especially hard for our family to deal with how he died.
In researching, I learned Lung cancer had such a stigma attached to it and it is the least funded of all cancers. I wanted to do something in honor of my brother and raise awareness of this awful disease so in September 2005 I held the 1st Annual “Robert’s Race” a 5k run/walk in Colorado Springs and continued to do so each year with the proceeds benefiting the LUNGevity Foundation.
It’s important that we have input into where the funding goes so we formed CO Lungs4Life whether it be research options or local patient care it means a lot to me to know we are touching people’s lives.
Terry Schropp - Secretary
Lung Cancer is the #1 cancer killer. Something I did not know until my husband, Mike, was diagnosed in January of 2001.
One day I was laying my head on Mike’s chest, I noticed his breathing did not sound right. He went to the doctor and even after having x-rays, nothing seemed to be wrong. By May, the original unnoticed tumor had grown to the size of a softball.
Determined Mike agreed to experimental treatment with the belief “if it does not help me, it may help someone else," and his fight began. By the end of the year, he was in remission. By March of 2004, the Lung Cancer had returned, this time for good. Mike died 12 days before his 48th birthday.
Mike never gave up his fight, nor will we. Since starting Colorado Lungs4Life I have lost my favorite uncle, our neighbor and my sister-in-law lost her mother to lung cancer. Together we will continue his fight.