Battle of the Sexes Tennis Match

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Andy Trahan and his wife Leslie Marsala Trahan joined us on the show Monday to talk about their Battle of the Sexes tennis match.

The Battle of the Sexes tennis tournament this Thursday, October 24th will raise money for lung cancer research. (KNOE) -

The event takes place at 7:30 pm on October 24th at the ULM Tennis Courts. They got together with Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport and the ULM Tennis team to make this event happen.

Andy Trahan was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer on February 14th in 2013 after suffering unexplained blood clots. Andy's cancer is driven by an abnormality in his Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK) gene, and treated primarily by targeted therapy in the form of daily pills.

They say ALK is the driving force in 5% of Lung Cancer patients nationwide. However, in patients diagnosed before age 40, the incidence of ALK is 38%.

Andy and the overwhelming majority of ALK Positive patients are never smokers. In the overall lung cancer population, current smokers comprise 20% of new diagnoses, former smokers 60%, and never smokers 20%.

Lung cancer kills more Americans than the next four cancers combined but is severely underfunded. Federal funding per death is $26,398 for breast, $13,419 for prostate, and $1,442 for lung.

ALK Positive is an advocacy/fundraising organization of patients and caregivers, numbering 1,800 members in 44 countries.

In 2018 ALK Positive awarded three research grants specific to ALK for $200,000 each. Fundraising continues as the organization takes matters into its own hands with another research award expected in the coming months.

There is also a fundraising event on November 16th at the Brockman Barn.