A former police chief and current mayor talk about Lung Cancer

It was part of a Lung Cancer Awareness Rally

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A “Who’s Who” of Chattanooga Officials – including a former NFL player – met at the Hamilton County Courthouse this morning for a Lung Cancer Awareness Rally.

Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger proclaimed November Lung Cancer Awareness Month at the rally.

The Courthouse lobby was filled with police officers, sheriff’s deputies, fire fighters, EMS personnel… all to raise awareness of the disease, as well as honor those whose lives it has claimed.

Former Chattanooga Police Chief Freeman Cooper is currently fighting Stage 4 lung cancer and he spoke this morning.

Mayor Kelly’s mother died of lung cancer when she was 76.

“Lung Cancer Awareness Month is super important to me because my mother had lung cancer which later metastisized and took her life. So it is near and dear to my heart. The screening tool that Dr. Headrick brought to town is fantastic. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s very simple. I did it this morning myself and was in and out in less than ten minutes.”

Former NFL player Christ Draft also spoke at the rally.

Lung cancer took his wife’s life in 2011, just one month after their marriage.

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