There used to be this little boy
That would bug you all the time
He’d ask for pennies and nickels
Then eventually for dimes
He’d follow you around
And copy all the things you did
He wanted to be just like you
He was a happy little kid
The night would roll around
And he’d be fast asleep in bed
With dreams about his daddy
Racing around inside his head
Well, that little boy is grown up now
And dad's not always there
To ask him how was school today
Or at night, did you say your prayers
But every time I look at me
I smile cause I see you
I see the things you taught me
And your kindness I see too
I’d like to say I’m very proud
To have you as my dad
And through the years I’ve known you
You’re the best friend I’ve ever had…



In Loving Memory of my Dad

William E. David Sr.


1937 - 2007



Lung Cancer Facts From the LUNGevity website

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Lung cancer accounts for approximately 29% of all cancer deaths.

Lung cancer kills more Americans each year than breast, prostate, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers combined.

Since 2001, the LUNGevity Foundation has committed to co-funding  more than $3.4M in innovative lung cancer research projects at the foremost cancer programs in America. 

More than 7% of American men and women wil be diagnosed with lung cancer in the course of their lifetime.

Lung cancer kills more than 3 times as many men each year than prostate cancer.
Lung cancer kills more women each year than breast, ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancers combined.

Lung cancer kills 84% of newly diagnosed patients within five years.

The survival rate is 49% for cases detected when the disease is localized to the lung, but only 16% of lung cancers are diagnosed that early.

In 2006 , an estimated 174,470 people were diagnosed with lung cancer, and an estimated 162,460 people will die of lung cancer.  An estimated 92,700 of these deaths will be men and an estimated 81,770 will be women.

In 2007, approximately $1,633 will be spent on research per lung cancer death, compared with:

  • $13,471 per breast cancer death 
  • $11,298 per prostate cancer death 
  • $4,774 per colorectal cancer death

Approximately 50% of the people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers.

Cancer Facts & Figures 2007 , American Cancer Society, Inc., p.4, pp.13-16
Fact Book (2007) , National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services   
Kurie JM, Spitz MR, Hong WK: Lung cancer chemoprevention: Targeting former rather than current smokers. Cancer Prevent         Intl 2:55-64, 1995.
Pass, Harvey I. et al. Lung Cancer Principles and Practice, 2nd edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2000.